|[December 09, 2013]
TrueAbility Provides Guidance for IT Hiring Trends for 2014
SAN ANTONIO --(Business Wire)--
Technical assessment platform provider, TrueAbility™, today announced
its guidance on Information Technology (IT) Hiring Trends for 2014.
Over the past year, TrueAbility has evaluated skill performance and
provided companies with the hiring decision data of more than five
thousand technical professionals.
Since the founding of the company in 2012, their cloud-based platform
has helped leading companies find and evaluate IT professionals aptly
skilled in the technologies needed for their job openings. TrueAbility's
technical job simulator allows companies to recreate real-world
technical environments in order to assess candidate skills, giving
TrueAbility's research team a unique dataset which provides insights on
changes that are emerging in the IT technical workforce.
With the rise of utility and cloud computing, distributed applications
and remotely distributed technical workers, the company foresees both
challenges and opportunities for IT employers, recruiters and technical
professionals around the world.
The following is TrueAbility's guidance for technical hiring for 2014:
1. With the rise of utility computing, the demand for configuration
management skills will increase.
As utility computing becomes more pervasive, there will be an increase
in demand for proven technical skills in configuration management, like
Chef or Puppet, which enables automatic deployment and scaling of
2. The continued shift towards cloud computing will require new skill
sets - and the need for technical professionals to demonstrate these
Yesterday's technology might have one app in one location, residing on
one machine. Going forward, there is little resistance to the rise of
cloud-based, distributed apps that will reside on many servers in
multiple data centers located in different parts of the world. Building
for this type of environment requires new knowledge and skill sets.
Interviewing for these skills is tedious and requires intimate
familiarity with the technology to identify the best candidate.
3. Th Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) will be more aligned with hiring
the right people, as opposed to buying the right hardware.
Previously, TCO has been associated with hardware and infrastructure. As
utility and cloud computing becomes more pervasive, the true cost of
ownership will be in hiring, developing, and retaining the right people
with the right set of skills. There will be more emphasis on Recruiting,
Learning & Development and Employee Engagement to evolve with these
4. Practical, proven knowledge and skills will overrule the previous
metric of "years of experience."
With regard to many of the emerging skills needed on technology's
cutting edge, a technical professional's "years of experience" will no
longer be aligned with the previous thinking of "expert status." Since
many of the newer skills needed won't be found deep in the work
experience on a resume, actually demonstrating what the technical
professional can do versus what's on one's resume will emerge as the key
to advancing in their careers.
5. As IT departments make the shift to the cloud, they will
increasingly rely on recruiters' ability to find them the right
people with specialized and proven skills.
IT departments will increasingly rely on the ability of recruiters to
remain in lockstep with their technology changes and identify skilled
developers, system administrators, and engineers who understand utility
computing, applications built for the cloud and infrastructures that are
built to scale.
6. There will be an increasing cultural acceptance of embracing
remotely distributed workforces in order to attract and maintain the
right people with the right skills for the cloud-based world.
The best talent, with the right skills set, may not reside where their
employers-to-be are based. In order to attract and retain the most
qualified technical talent, companies will increasingly embrace moving
more of their technical positions to remote or telecommuting roles,
lending to a much more distributed workforce. Even companies with
historically stringent policies are loosening up on this.
7. DevOps Engineers are the next go-to person in the IT food chain.
As applications are built in new, flatter structures, we will continue
to see the transition of traditional System Administration roles
shifting to a discipline called Development Operations, or DevOps. A
hybrid of server administration, software automation expertise, and
basic development, these DevOps Engineers are steadily becoming the
must-have inside the modern IT organization.
8. New types of educational institutions will come online fulfilling
a huge gap in traditional IT education.
Traditional institutions of higher learning and technical trade schools
have yet to catch up to the educational and training demands of a
cloud-centric IT environment. New types of educational institutions,
including those who are in the for-profit education sector will take
advantage of this opportunity gap and bring new curriculum and
programming that are centered not only on newer technologies, but focus
on creating skills-oriented graduates who will be the best potential job
With TrueAbility, technical professionals prove their technical acumen
through real life scenarios, delivering objective, easy-to-use skills
data to hiring companies. Companies benefit by assessing a job
candidate's technical skills in a live environment--a job simulator for
their open positions--from anywhere in the world. Visit trueability.com
to learn more.
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