Sunday, January 14, 2018

Best Business Books | 2017



"What we really need is not more authors, or better publishers. What we most need is a vastly better system to identify the books we will love ... "  TechCrunch
Beantown Web has developed such a system.  For the 10th year running Beantown Web has conducted a quasi-scientific meta-search to identify the best business books published during the calendar year -- the books most likely to add value to your career. This year's search began by identifying 13 "Best of" lists as follows: 
A total of 113 books were mentioned on at least one "Best of" list -- 74 of these books were mentioned only once.

The Honorable Mention Shelf


An additional 19 books were mentioned on two lists and these books comprise The Honorable Mention list.

The Must-Read Shelf


Eight books were mentioned on three lists and have been placed on The Must-Read Shelf:


The Top Shelf


Five books were mentioned on four lists:
Two books were mentioned on five lists:
Four books were mentioned on six lists:
One book was mentioned on seven lists:

Janesville Principles Reset
The One Device The Captain Class


Personal Recommendations


I have read none of 12 Top Shelf books and none from the Must-Read shelf.  As I work through this reading list, I will post my reviews at Goodreads.com and share links here.

You can access reviews of all 98 Leadership and Strategy books I have read at Pinterest.


Suggested Success Strategy


Regardless of your professional discipline, business is the engine that drives economic well-being. The economy continues to improve and job growth continues to look promising in 2018.  You can help enhance your personal economic prospects by learning more about the business of business.

Goal: Select one business book from the five pictured above, read it, practice its principles and shift your career into a higher gear in 2018.  Of course, you can select all 20 books, read more than one per month, and receive a guaranteed seat in business class!

You can also check out previous lists:
[ NOTE: The 20 Best Business Books of 2017 -- those making at least three "Best of" lists -- are being counted down on Facebook.  Follow Beantown Web on Facebook by becoming a Fan of Beantown Web and on Twitter @webapprentices. ]

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Boston Web Tech Job Market | Q3 2017


Jobs According to the quarterly Manpower Group Employment Outlook Survey, during the final quarter of 2017, more than three times as many U.S. employers expect to increase payrolls than decrease employment levels.

That said, the report lists Boston as one of the underperforming metro areas in the United States.

Beantown Web confirms that hiring continues to slow down in the Boston area.  Job postings for tech workers peaked at the end of 2016 and have continued to trend lower throughout 2017.

Boston Web Tech Job Market


The list of Top 25 Web Technologies in Boston has been updated for September and appears in the right-hand column.  This list is based on keyword searches in job postings at Indeed.com. The most in-demand keywords are listed more frequently than less in-demand keywords.  This list reflects the change in the last three months.


Indeed.com is a meta-search engine that offers a maximum number of search possibilities.  All searches encompass a 25-mile radius of Boston.  Search parameters can be adjusted to fit your personal needs. Indeed helps more people get hired than any other jobsite.


Top 25 Web Technologies in Boston

Here is an abbreviated list of the 25 most in-demand web technologies in Boston.  or  from Election Day, November 2016 ] listed by number of job postings at Indeed.com:

September, 2017
  1. SQL | 3,780  24%
  2. agile *** | 3,164  13%
  3. Java | 2,676  29%
  4. Python | 2,428  4%
  5. social media | 1,895  12%
  6. JavaScript | 1,775  30%
  7. SaaS | 1,309  21%
  8. Oracle | 1,278  21%
  9. AWS | 1,257  8%
  10. scrum *** | 1,072  13%
  11. Web Services | 1,036  27%
  12. C# | 957  35%
  13. Git | 857  8%
  14. UI | 831  31%
  15. HTML + CSS | 785  39%
  16. SQL Server | 746  34%
  17. API | 720  26%
  18. UX | 684  15%
  19. Ruby | 674  29%
  20. Perl | 629  27%
  21. PHP | 623  43%
  22. MySQL | 616  38%
  23. Hadoop | 601  26%
  24. XML | 590  28%
  25. Photoshop | 587  20%
*** Note: While "agile" and "scrum" are not technologies, they are methodologies used in technology development.  These two keywords appear in many web development job descriptions.  Experience with "agile" and "scrum" is often preferred, if not required, in many web development jobs.

Job Prospects


Despite the plethora of red down arrows, job seekers should feel confident that plentiful job opportunities will continue through the second half of 2017.  The "hottest" skills in Boston, as reflected by the lowest percentage declines, are as follows:

Python | 2,428  4%
AWS | 1,257  8%
Git | 857  8%

To compare these results to those at Dice, access Examining the Hottest (and Coldest Tech Skills).

The Top 50 Web Technologies in Boston are being counted down for the next two months on Beantown Web's Facebook page.

[ NOTE: Follow Beantown Web on Twitter @webapprentices and become a Fan of Beantown Web on Facebook today. ]



Friday, June 30, 2017

Boston Web Tech Job Market | Q2 2017


Hiring continues to slow down in the Boston area.  Job postings for tech workers peaked at the end of 2016 and have continued to trend downward in the first half of 2017.  

None-the-less, jobs remain plentiful and the demand for tech workers remains strong according to the most recent ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey which reveals that nearly three times as many Boston-area employers plan to hire vs. fire workers during the next three months.

Boston Web Tech Job Market


JobsThe list of Top 25 Web Technologies in Boston has been updated for June and appears below and in the right-hand column.  This list is based on keyword searches in job postings at Indeed.com. The most in-demand keywords are listed more frequently than less in-demand keywords.


Indeed.com is a meta-search engine that offers a maximum number of search possibilities.  All searches encompass a 25-mile radius of Boston.  Search parameters can be adjusted to fit your personal needs. Indeed helps more people get hired than any other jobsite.


Top 25 Web Technologies in Boston

Here is an abbreviated list of the 25 most in-demand web technologies in Boston.  or  from early February ] listed by number of job postings at Indeed.com:

June, 2017
  1. SQL | 4,247  7%
  2. agile *** | 3,323  3%
  3. Java | 2,839  13%
  4. Python | 2,378  5%
  5. social media | 2,025  5%
  6. JavaScript | 1,906  21%
  7. SaaS | 1,406  13%
  8. AWS | 1,303  0%
  9. Oracle | 1,296  11%
  10. scrum *** | 1,145  6%
  11. Web Services | 1,105  13%
  12. C# | 1,104  20%
  13. SQL Server | 912  9%
  14. UI | 899  13%
  15. HTML + CSS | 895  19%
  16. Git | 826  0%
  17. API | 764  17%
  18. Ruby | 740  20%
  19. UX | 714  6%
  20. Android | 783  8%
  21. XML | 655  15%
  22. Perl | 644  24%
  23. MySQL | 643  20%
  24. PHP | 642  30%
  25. Photoshop | 629  6%
*** Note: While "agile" and "scrum" are not technologies, they are methodologies used in technology development.  These two keywords appear in many web development job descriptions.  Experience with "agile" and "scrum" is often preferred, if not required, in many web development jobs.

Job Prospects


Despite the plethora of red down arrows, job seekers should feel confident that plentiful job opportunities will continue through the second half of 2017.  To compare these results to those at Dice, access Examining the Hottest (and Coldest Tech Skills.

The Top 50 Web Technologies in Boston are being counted down for the next two months on Twitter @webapprentices.

[ NOTE: Follow Beantown Web on Twitter @webapprentices and become a Fan of Beantown Web on Facebook today. ]

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