Here are a selection of insights from various CircuIT consultants for the month of December:
Aden notes Elixir is becoming one of the most widely used functional programming languages in the current market, even being picked up by social media giants such as Pinterest. Elixir is similar to Ruby on Rails in term of syntax, and based off of Erlang’s VM bytecode. Elixir code runs inside lightweight, isolated processes, which allows for thousands of processes to run concurrently in the same machine. This in turn allows for vertical scaling and uses all of a machine’s resources as efficiently as possible. Companies using Elixir such as Bleacher Report have reported significant efficiency increases since introducing Elixir. Bleacher Report have reported since moving from RoR to Elixir, they went from having 150 servers to just the 5, and able to handle 8x as much traffic. This shows the potential and power Elixir has for companies whom are looking to scale their products on a global market.
Iain, over the last 6 months, has noticed a strong increase (and interest) of his clients and candidates with GraphQL. GraphQL is developed by Facebook and released 2 years ago in 2015, however the technology has become much more population lately. For some, GraphQL looks to be the replacement or alternative to REST, especially for organisations with large amounts of data that need to be processed. Because of this clean, succinct, and powerful query language, GraphQL is able to provide many advantages over traditional REST endpoints, especially in effectively developing application servers and web/mobile clients that are scalable and easily maintainable. With greater discussion into his network, Iain believes that GraphQL will be one of the main technologies used in the future of API development.
Dylan has found a massive spike in the need for specialist candidates within the IT Security space. With an increasing amount of people providing their personal details over the internet across a number of platforms and with the growing threat of cyberattacks, organisations have identified that having sound IT Security practices are detrimental to the privacy of customers data.
Data from the 2016 Census obtained by industry association ITPA shows average wage growth of around 30 percent for IT Security specialists compared to 2011 Census figures. We are currently seeing a need for specialists across a number of different roles including Security Analysts, Security Engineers, Head of Security and CISO’s. Within small to medium sized companies we are also seeing a requirement for Security Specialists to have knowledge across a broad set of areas such as Network Security, Threat Management, IAM, Mobile Device Security and Vulnerability Management. With an ever increasing importance within the space the potential for growth is limitless so watch this space!
Aoife has observed from our clients, that those using DevOps resources, are making automation the basis on which DevOps is built. A large number of companies are implementing a cross-cloud SDLC, where development occurs in the Cloud and Operations remains in -house on systems. The trend is moving toward combined blueprints, these will automate both infrastructure and application stacks, which are deployable to any environment.
Dinh, this month, discusses developments within the mobile application space. Key notes that Dinh has taken away from recent client meetings include the following: Firstly, LBS (location based services) broke ground this year, but will continue to advance next year to a point where most businesses will be able to offer customers immediate deals / offers based on one’s location at any point in time. Secondly, the advent of AR (augmented reality) will soon align to mobile apps, where the main benefit is concerned with businesses being able to boost the customer engagement that customers (esp millennials) desire. Moreover, with AI starting to be embedded within apps, maximum mobile commerce engagement will be observed. Thirdly, IOT apps will continue to spread across industry sectors, which even places more emphasis and reliance on mobiles (if that’s even possible!). As more and more appliances, gadgets and household items continue to connect with the net and mobiles, more mobile apps would naturally be created to bring everything together. Finally, Dylan also referenced the spike in Security jobs, which coincides with the need for mobile apps requiring increased security measures, especially as mobile phones continue to evolve into purses and wallets.
Louise has noted the rise of Psychometric testing amongst a number of her key clients. The essential purpose of psychometric testing is to help employers scale down the shortlist to an elite few (based on verbal, numerical and personality). Whilst there are undeniable benefits of using such methods in the recruitment process, such as speed and efficacy, Louise believes clients may also need to look at the ramifications on your choice of candidate culturally and the fact that these test could also be impacting an organisations diversity goals. Louise believes when used in combination with other stages of the selection process like the interview, a company can get a holistic view of the candidate’s likelihood of success at the job. For those companies who conduct the testing at the start of the recruitment process, you may overlook some great talent. Psychometric testing is certainly valuable and provides some great insights and data, however it must be considered as a whole picture within the recruitment process.
Brad, has made comments regarding Agile Business Analysts and Iteration Managers, with Digital Project experience continuing to experience high demand in the contract space, making it very difficult to secure the strongest candidates for permanent roles. Those with experience working on Greenfield projects from inception to delivery are particularly hard to find. The contract market is providing superior variety and much better remuneration with less risk due to high demand.
There are now Melbourne hiring managers paying above contract market rates to blow the competition out of the water. Some Agile Business Analysts are on northward of $900.00 per day, these are the highest IT contract BA rates Brad has seen since the IT Gold rush of 2006-2008. There are instances of strong Agile resources being offered 2 year day rate contracts as clients seek to retain IP and ensure their contractors have no need to explore opportunities.
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