Need a job? Learn how to write.net code, and well. While our nation’s dependence on technology increases by the minute, the talent to maintenance intricate processes created for businesses and consumers, has yet to follow suit. Sure, the average twenty-something may be able to setup a GoDaddy page, but when it comes to the programming useful .net software that is the backbone to corporate efficiency, the candidate pool is nearly non-existent.
So, what now?
Well, there are a few options. Firstly, we can cave to the temptations of the Irish techies and outsource. While this is the simplest solution, it’s not long-term, nor does it brighten the future of born-and-bred geeks of the future. The second and most promising solution is to capitalize on the potential talent of our current workforce, and, eventually, become anself-sustaining nation in IT staffing.
Many technology-focused organizations, such as Logical Advantage, have chosen the latter. Embracing eager developers who, in time, will be the next wave of the programming generation. While yes, the lack of resources has produced a heavy strain on current developers, proactive steps towards developing key professionals have been taken very seriously, especially by top executives such as John Fread.
Fread has been a strong arm in the Charlotte IT industry for over 20 years. As COO and Co-Founder of Logical Advantage, dubbed 23 in the Book of Lists for Largest Area Technology Consulting Firms, he has gained vital insight into the past, present, and future of the Charlotte IT industry. In addition to heavy involvement in local organizations that promote current IT professionals, Fread has been a driving force in bringing the revolutionary technology resource, IT-oLogy, to a desperate Charlotte market.
IT-oLogy is a non profit collaboration of businesses, academic institutions and organizations dedicated to growing the IT talent pipeline, fostering economic development and advancing the IT profession. Much like his passion for the industry, this effort is one that Fread holds near and dear,and has personally invested time and resources into its inevitable success. Fread’s theory was clear as he was quoted by the Charlotte Business Journal “The future, the high-tech economy, is in developing and recruiting these types of companies and workers. If Charlotte can view this as an opportunity and do things to grow and attract, then we can get a step ahead.”
This on-going commitment is not something that will happen over night, or even over a decade, but, with the advancement of every aspect of our daily lives, this is an issue that can be no longer overlooked. With companies like Logical Advantage taking strides to improve the quality of our IT workforce, it will, in the long run, improve the quality of our employment status.