Talent Scouting in 2020: the Dream Team for Software Delivery

Our podcast discusses changes in sought-after skills

Are you the problem when it comes to getting the right talent on board? If not you, who in your company is? Is this a fair question when hiring the dream team for software development and delivery?

Through their digital transformation initiatives, organizations are seeking to embrace new ways of working. This is causing a shift in the types of skill that are most valued.

Although at one time it was most desirable to be a specialist, we’re now seeing a growing demand for people who can adapt to a multitude of roles and technologies, who are keen to continually learn new skills and who can work collaboratively and communicate with various teams within different organizational departments.

A leading desire and value for many companies is staff that can work openly and transparently with an ability to respond flexibly to changing situations. As business and IT work more closely together, individuals also need to be comfortable in both fields.

In a podcast discussing the sought-after talent in software development and delivery in 2020, Bola Rotibi, research director for software development and delivery at CCS Insight, talks to Abby Kearns, executive director of Cloud Foundry Foundation, where she leads the ecosystem of developers, users and applications running on Cloud Foundry and works closely with the board to drive the foundation’s vision and grow the open-source project. They’re joined by Clive Howard, chief technology officer at Huozhi, a provider of a humanitarian fintech platform; he is also an associate analyst with CCS Insight.

All three industry experts bring in-depth knowledge and insights into the practice of software development and delivery in the wider market, as well as recognizing who and what is successful and where change is needed to get the right talent on board. The podcast looks at whether new hiring practices are necessary and, given the breadth of skill sets already within the workforce, whether there really is a shortage of IT skills or if it’s a matter of current recruitment practices not being fit for purpose.

Additionally, listeners will gain insights into:

  • Who and what is holding companies back as they look to build applications fit for the digital economy.
  • How organizations can overcome the skills deficiency when there are lots of people in the workforce and how HR needs to evolve to address this.
  • The skill sets and characteristics that are missing and which roles or functions are being overshadowed, as we look to the technologies shaping the next generation of applications, including Kubernetes, microservices, APIs, artificial intelligence and machine learning. The initiatives that Cloud Foundry is working to develop and promote.
  • How technology providers and professional services organizations are helping or hindering the end-user market. What Cloud Foundry is doing to support this.
  • What changes we expect to see over the next few years and what will stay the same.