Sunday, January 28, 2007
National "Dream Jobs" Survey
Boston heads the list of metropolitan areas where workers report the highest incidence of feeling they are currently in their dream jobs. Here are the top five metropolitan areas with the happiest workers:
- Boston (37 percent)
- Sacramento (26 percent)
- San Francisco (23 percent)
- Philadelphia (22 percent)
- Salt Lake City (20 percent)
Here are the three most important factors in determining a dream job according to survey respondents:
- having fun at work (39 percent)
- making a difference in society (17 percent)
- money (12 percent)
The National "Dream Jobs" Survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive among more than 6,000 workers. A press release summarizing the results is available at CareerBuilder.com.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Chowda Chat: Dean Fossella
The inaugural issue of "Chowda Chat" presents the thoughts and observations of Dean Fossella, Chief Technology Officer for a Division of Thomson Learning, a $2 billion provider of tailored education, training, reference, and assessment solutions to organizations and higher education institutions.
1. How has India affected the marketplace for Boston area Web technology professionals?
2. What is the one skill or characteristic that you find most lacking in candidates you interview?
"India is a good place for getting work done that is well documented and well managed. That is really an important statement if you think about it. This means that as outsourcing increases, and it’s not just India – look for China, the Philippines, and even Vietnam – the need for Project Managers and Business Analysts increases. Architects, Project Managers and Business Analysts are in increasing demand as outsourcing is more prevalent. Architects because design needs to be in-house in order to maintain interoperability with other systems, technical oversight and technical strategy, Project Managers because you need control of the project in-house and Business Analysts because an organization needs to define it’s own projects."
3. What strategy would you suggest to someone who wants to gain experience when just starting out?
"Business skills are most often lacking in technology candidates. The technology supports the needs of the business, just like marketing, selling, finance, etc… The more business skills (analysis, strategic thinking, innovation, financial knowledge, etc…) one possesses the better decisions one will make for the good of this business."
Final Thought: "Business needs drive technology requirements. Knowledge of business, customers and markets will separate you from other technology candidates. The most in-demand Web technology professionals will deliver a 'value proposition', not just a 'wow factor.'"Thanks Dean for providing our readers with a business perspective on how technology professionals can focus their energies by learning non-technical skills that add value to an organization.
"Look to gain skills that bring you closer to customer needs. Go on sales calls, learn about the market, strive to understand the customers and how they use your products and/or services."
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Boston Market -- 1st Quarter, 2007
The article concludes as follows:
"I was recently asked by an entrepreneur what I thought would be the next great technology in the coming year. I told him I thought it would be the Internet. We have just started scratching the surface of the enabling power of the Internet. Whether it is called "Web 2.0" or "New Media" or "Enterprise 2.0," Internet services are going to drive the world's economies for the foreseeable future. To me that doesn't spell bubble, that spells opportunity."Web 2.0 is alive and well. While web designers are needed to help present the look and feel of Web 2.0 sites, Web developers are needed to facilitate "online collaboration and sharing among users." The tools required to make this happen include programming skill and database knowledge.
Consider the following two searches at BostonWorks.com:
In the greater Boston area there are 20 Web developer jobs for every Web designer job!
The ratio of developer to designer jobs is 20:1.
Could this be a statistical aberration? To find out let's search for jobs on BostonWorks.com using common technology keywords. For example, two skills commonly associated with Web design are CSS and Photoshop. Here are the number of job listings that mention these terms in their job descriptions:
When placed in a broader context of demand for other Web-related technology skills, CSS and Photoshop barely make the top 10:
- SQL [ 664 ]
- Oracle [ 614 ]
- HTML [ 378 ]
- SQL Server [ 344 ]
- XML [ 333 ]
- ASP.NET [ 150 ]
- JSP [ 117 ]
- CSS [ 89 ]
- Photoshop [ 78 ]
Database knowledge is a core Web 2.0 skill.
The second 10 of less-in-demand, Web-related skills are as follows:
- Flash [ 67 ]
- Ajax [ 57 ]
- DHTML [ 45 ]
- Visual Studio [ 41 ]
- MySQL [ 40 ]
- PHP [ 39 ]
- Dreamweaver [ 38 ]
- ColdFusion [ 25 ]
- VBScript [ 25 ]
- XHTML [ 23 ]
- Identify one skill from the Top 10 list above to improve on
- Develop a teach-yourself training plan to learn that skill
- Implement the training plan
- Demonstrate your new skill in a Web project