How the Skills Gap Is Threatening the Growth of App Economy

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How the Skills Gap Is Threatening the Growth of App Economy

Companies more and more are seeing the value in becoming a software-driven enterprise. But a skills shortage is threatening the growth of the so-called app economy.

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Skills Gap Tops Concerns

The CA Technologies survey found that the skills shortage is the largest concern—37 percent of respondents—amongst senior business and technology executives dealing with application strategy.

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App Economy Changes Hiring Strategies

In an effort to become more software-driven, companies are growing more aggressive in their hiring strategies. Fifty-seven percent of respondents said the drive toward the app economy will impact their hiring strategies.

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Key Skills for the App Economy

Four must-have skills for the app economy are data science, DevOps, collaboration and APIs.

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Software Needed

As software continues to "eat the world," as Web pioneer and entrepreneur Marc Andreessen said, more companies are bringing software development in-house and acquiring companies to add software talent.

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Data Science Most Difficult Skill to Acquire

Although data science is the most sought-after skill, according to the survey, finding other top skills— including social media, programming and development, DevOps and analytics—is also no easy task.

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Lack of Skills Impeding Progress

Forty-two percent of respondents to the CA Technologies' survey said the paucity of skilled workers could present a major obstacle to their competitive positions in their markets.

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Innovative Approaches to Recruitment and Training

Businesses are taking new and different approaches to acquiring software talent, including establishing technology centers in technology- and talent-rich areas.

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Cultural Change

Companies are changing their business culture to be more effective in the app economy by doing things like improving processes and enhancing collaboration between business units.

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Government Assistance

The government provides opportunities for training a new crop of tech workers, including supporting and funding Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs, IT security programs and education reform.

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Gaining a Competitive Advantage

Seventy-eight percent of respondents to the CA Technologies survey said they believe that becoming a software-driven business will lead to a competitive advantage over rivals. However, the threat of a skills shortage looms large.

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15 Ways Visual Studio 2015 Enhances App Development

Microsoft on July 20 shipped Visual Studio 2015, the latest version of its flagship developer toolset. Visual Studio 2015 delivers new capabilities to help developers achieve more and extends that productivity and power across multiple platforms—from Windows to Linux to iOS and Android. It also enables developers to select a variety of third-party extensions to include with their installation. The Visual Studio family includes Visual Studio 2015, Visual Studio Online and Visual Studio Code. "The company keeps iterating rapidly on this important technology, which brings a few important things to the table like the code analysis functionality in the Roslyn compiler platform and a new lightweight and portable code editor [VS Code]. I think the most important new thing is the enablement for Windows universal apps," IDC analyst Al Hilwa told eWEEK. Indeed, the new release includes a series of...
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