Sunday, January 09, 2011

Tech hiring is on upswing, but not where you’d expect - The Boston Globe

Excerpts from an interview with Forrester’s COO

Are there any programming languages or technologies that you think will be hot?

We’re seeing a big shift into what we call the “App Internet.’’ Most of the innovations written today are being written for devices like the iPod, or the Android, or the iPhone. If I were going to concentrate on a technology, that’s what I would do: learn the development skills for those kinds of platforms. Custom development is also a promising area.

Custom development?

Custom software is what customers notice. Think of the first package tracker from UPS — that was custom software that customers loved. Or some of the new features you see from Amazon or Apple: those make a difference, and they are valuable to customers. So that’s a good skill to have.

Tech hiring is on upswing, but not where you’d expect - The Boston Globe

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