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Socially Engage a Diverse Work Group

Part 4 of a 6-part Series

Today’s IT departments face a variety of challenges: the shift from “keeping the lights on” to enabling the digital enterprise; managing and maximizing cloud, mobile, and big data; and of course, IT’s old standby, meeting growing demands with less budget. But one of IT’s biggest challenges stems not from technology, but from people. CIOs can’t find the skilled resources they need at the scale they need them.

According to a report by Modis, the number of tech employment opportunities is expected to increase by 12% by 2024, which will lead to more and more jobs becoming available to IT professionals looking to get into the space. With the number of tech positions expected to grow exponentially within the next year, one may find the competition to acquire a skilled job candidate harder than they think.

Universities are producing fewer IT professionals today than in 2002. This decline is attributed to the growth of other fields competing for technology experts, like health care and education, and by the rise of informal programs versus traditional academic settings, like developer boot camps.

Given this reality, it’s essential for CIOs, who want to transform the way they accomplish their goals in this digital economy, to better leverage their current resources. Many are tapping into line of business professionals, creating councils of innovation that leverage greater involvement from, and collaboration with, their key internal business stake holders.

They are fundamentally reimagining the traditional roles of business and IT teams in application development – enabled by RAD.

Developing applications with visual modeling tools saves time by encouraging collaboration among business leaders, developers, and operations engineers. By making model-sharing across the enterprise as easy as e-mailing, RAD can help bring all stakeholders together on common ground. Continuous feedback and improvement is built into every phase from design to production. Because you can discuss evolving application models with business users in real time, there are no surprises at go-live.

RAD tools are ideal for business cases in which change is rapid, IT resources are limited, and early response to the market is essential. SAP customers have estimated that 60% of their application development needs fit this category. Providing an IT-governed platform to business users can help them achieve their objectives.

SAP Market Influencer Tamara McCleary recently sat down with Mark Rogers, from SAP partner and RAD market leader Mendix, to discuss how organizations are trying to resolve the lack of access to skilled IT resources.

To see the fourth of their 6-part discussion, and to learn why Mark believes, “Social collaboration is every bit as important within the application life cycle as building the capability and pushing the deploy button,” just click here.

Did you miss previous interviews?

Part 1 - We Need to Create Hero Developers

Part 2 - Make IT the Enabler of Digital Transformation

Part 3 - Achieve Benefits of SaaS and Create Unique Business Value

Learn more about rapid application development.