Free up Your Resources Now!


Posted on: April 20, 2012 by Kees Kranenburg

European Commissioner Neelie Kroes fears a great scarcity of app developers in the European ICT market. She has calculated that 700,000 jobs in the digital economy will be released the next few years. These are not only pure Apps developers, but are also adjoining functions as strategists, project managers, programmers, interactive designers, visual designers and testers. In The Netherlands alone, the predictions indicate a shortage of 6,300 up to 11,000 ICT professionals in 2016.

The huge scarcity of knowledge in the mobile app market is currently a topical subject. The need for mobile app designers grows quickly. Reason for Kroes, the European Commissioner in charge of the digital agenda, to call on young people to train in the ICT sector. According to her, the real opportunities lie in this industry. Kroes underlined that if they switch to this sector, they will have the chance to find a job within a number of years.

Previously, industry analysts predicted shortage of ICT personnel. It is hard to image these days with an economic crises and decreasing IT budgets, but the message is repeated over and over. In my blog “Wanted: the Software Industry Architect” I pleaded that the IT industry should increase its labor productivity to survive the shortage of qualified personnel. But that will not be enough …

Today, a lot of ICT personnel is tied to the daily operation and support of the legacy systems. These professionals do have the knowledge of the business processes, but lack the skills of modern technologies. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could free up these professionals to allocate them to the development of mobile Apps? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could utilize their business process knowledge to integrate the mobile apps with the back-office systems?

A scenario to do so could be the following: The application management of legacy systems will gradually be out-tasked to an IT service provider. The released  “legacy” staff will be retrained towards new development areas, e.g., mobile apps technology, using the Career Transition Center of the IT service provider. Retrained staff will replace subcontractors, fulfill vacancies, and strengthen IT development. The pace of transfers is based on the organization’s needs and their comfortableness with the change.

This scenario has several advantages. First of all, an improved personal perspective for legacy staff. It will strengthen IT development  power with business knowledge. Vacancies will be fulfilled, and financially,  this scenario effects a reduction of subcontractor costs and a reduction of legacy costs. But moreover, it frees up your resources to develop and integrate mobile apps.

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About Kees Kranenburg

Portfolio manager Application Transformation
Kees Kranenburg is Portfolio manager Application Transformation. His field of play is software development and application management and the organization, processes, methods and tools necessary to professionalize and industrialize them. He advises organizations regarding their application development and management strategy and their sourcing strategy.

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