3 ways modern, open technology can boost hiring and retention

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Anyone who works in the tech industry understands the challenges and pitfalls of recruiting tech talent.

Countless articles have been written and surveys conducted on this topic. Cloud computing skills are particularly scarce relative to demand, so much so that at one point it put some companies’ adoption plans on hold.

While there are different ways to address this challenge, there is one fundamental choice companies can make in their engineering strategy, one that is more relevant than ever in an era of superiority. cloud fairy. This choice will have short- and long-term benefits when recruiting and retaining the best people for the job: Embrace modernity, open technology and standards.

From language to tools to culture and methodology, adoption and use of open technologies — such as the kind exemplified in many DevOps toolchains — will have a cumulatively positive impact on talent. technology in your organization.


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Will this solve your recruitment and retention challenges overnight? Of course not. But it’s an important spearhead in a comprehensive strategy to attract and retain the best people for your company.

Here are three reasons why:

1. People who use open technology can better connect with colleagues

This is the short-term — almost immediate — advantage of investing in modern, open technology: It gives both your current and future teams substantial social capital with peer groups. them in the IT industry.

People get excited — and talk excitedly — about the tools and technologies they’re working on. This creates a contagious blend of pride and enthusiasm, which in turn creates strong connections with colleagues who are working (or wanting to work) with modern tools.

This affirms to current employees that they are part of an existing and technically advanced organization. It regularly sends the same message to the professional community.

This is not possible in the same way with proprietary or highly self-contained technology stacks. With that said, when people discuss their work, it’s really just readable or meaningful to others in that organization. That limits the network effect.

Obviously, a company’s products and services can be proprietary. That’s how they build, deliver, and support open products. Great examples here are Golang and Python. Golang is exciting and growing rapidly; Python was everywhere. That speaks to a tiered benefit: When you hire new employees, they can start working, instead of taking weeks or months to get up to speed with things like proprietary scripting languages.

2. People see better career growth

Here’s a longer term advantage: When your technology stack covers openWith modern tools and standards, you’re giving current and future employees a clearer career path with a set of market-recognized approaches and technologies.

For most tech geeks, that’s almost always a safer bet when compared to going into a niche, very self-contained system and becoming an island within it. Those in the latter situation may become rare unicorns in the legacy ecosystem, but they risk obsolescence, as opposed to those who learn and build skills on-site using the technology and methods used. used by many organizations and industries.

You’re essentially giving people the opportunity to grow and progress within your own company — crucial if you want to retain top talent — while making it clear to potential employers that they will build valuable long-term experience that they can also leverage elsewhere if they choose in the future.

3. Everyone jumps into a large pool for technical validation

It’s no secret that many IT professionals value autonomy. They are often self-taught and/or self-led. But that doesn’t mean they are lone wolves. They build their academic background and independence in their knowledge and validate existing expertise in their field.

When you use open technologies, the expertise available to you is enormous — and of immense value not only to individuals, but to the entire organization. This connects with point #1 above and the broad peer-to-peer group: Proprietary technology stacks dependent on a homogenous, internal community. The open technology stack takes the huge advantage of the global community with its limitless reach.

Smart techies are always looking for technical validation: Am I writing this in the best way? Am I making the best use of this tool? Is this safe? Am I using best practices established by many experts?

In a closed system, the only people who can effectively provide that authentication would be a small group of peers working with the same proprietary technology. In an open system, the peer group can be very large. (Python is another obvious example.)

This is great for individuals and it is extremely valuable for the organization that employs them. Security, an area with a well-publicized skills shortage, is a prime example: Today, the opportunities for self-education are immense. And hiring managers who embrace open systems will benefit as security engineers on their teams can draw on the lessons and proven practices of security experts around the world. gender.

In that sense, it’s not just a matter of helping you hire one person, but inviting the knowledge of thousands of others into your organization. That is the power of modern, open approaches and technologies.

Kieran Pierce is VP of Product Strategy at Lemon grass.

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