SOFTWARE – LIVING ON THE EDGE

Most companies today rely on Python, Ruby, JavaScript, C#, PHP, Swift, or Java to develop digital products and services. If we rewind time by just a decade or two, the list of leading development languages looks completely different. And the same holds if we could jump forward to 2030 and beyond. 

Exactly which programming languages will power businesses of the future is anyone’s guess. We’ll use this article to highlight five languages with serious next-generation potential.  

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OFFSHORING – MYTHS, MONEY & TIME

While businesses have been outsourcing IT workloads for decades, the internet age has witnessed a marked surge in the number of organizations looking to form development agreements with outside partners. Advancing countries throughout Asia and Eastern Europe have become prime destinations for American companies allured by cheap software development labor. India, in particular, has emerged as a global leader. Other top offshoring locales include China, Ukraine, and Vietnam.

Blinded by attractive rates, some clients rush into these relationships without first grasping the significant disadvantages that can arise with utilizing overseas development. Analysts estimate that “50% of offshore outsourcing contracts signed by North American companies fail to meet their expectations. Through their offshore journeys, companies often realize that expected cost savings are much smaller, and problems are more difficult to address in comparison with co-located development.”

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THE DEMAND FOR REAL-WORLD DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE (AND HOW TO GET IT)

In a 2018 opinion piece for CNBC on the future of work, the author said something profound. “The future of work won’t be about degrees. More and more, it’ll be about skills. And no one school, whether it be Harvard, General Assembly or Udacity, can ever insulate us from the unpredictability of technological progression and disruption.”

We couldn’t agree more. The modern workforce has entered an era where real-world experience and tangible skills are worth more than a degree. Aimed at budding software developers, this article will showcase a few methods that up-and-comers can use to cultivate experience and become employable.

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REDEFINE THE TERM “HIGHER EDUCATION”

In founding our apprenticeship program, Techtonic Academy, we set out to redefine the meaning of higher education. Long before it was acceptable to openly question the value of a four-year degree, our founder foresaw a shift in public sentiment toward college. Now, as of 2019, a number of iconic tech firms, including Google, IBM, and Apple have followed in our footsteps. While we don’t envision a world where traditional higher education becomes obsolete, we do see one where top-tier talent will increasingly choose alternative forms of learning such as apprenticeship programs, community college, online courses, and trade schools.

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OFFSHORE DEVELOPMENT – FACTS, MYTHS & RISKS

The number one reason companies choose to offshore development is usually “cost savings.” According to PayScale, American software developers earn an average of $70,000 per year, a whopping $63,000 more than a typical developer in India who makes just $6,700 annually. But what is the true cost of offshore development?

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