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For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

Forecast For Hiring Applications Professionals Is Stormy — Act Now To Recruit And Retain The Best

August 27, 2010

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Managers at all levels of application development and delivery struggle to retain talented applications professionals amidst tight budgets, burgeoning workloads, and a host of other challenges. A recent Forrester survey reveals that hiring and retaining apps professionals presents a challenge or a significant challenge for nearly 80% of respondents, that the most-critical shortages are not for technical skills, and that respondents expect staffing problems to worsen over the next three years. Applications professionals must act now to avoid even more problems. Status quo recruiting, compensation, and retention programs are barely keeping pace with today's challenges — they will not be enough to counteract the looming competition for applications professionals.

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  • Hiring Qualified Applications Professionals Is A Challenge For Most Firms
  • Baby Boomer Retirement Will Affect More Than 75% Of Firms By 2015
  • Compensation And Benefits And Recruiting Are Formalized Functions In Most Firms
  • Workforce Planning Functions Are Not Effective Enough
  • Most Firms Expect Their Staffing Issues To Go From Bad To Worse
  • Firms Face Critical Challenges Hiring BAs And Project Managers
  • "Modern" Language Skills And Methodology Skills Present The Most Hiring Challenges
  • Shortages In Programming Skills Will Shift Only Slightly Over Next Three Years
  • Shortages In Technical Skills Are Acute Enough To Affect Technology Plans
  • Shortages In Packaged Applications Skills Are Highest For Nontechnical Skills
  • Leadership, Management, And Analytical Skills Are The Top "Soft-Skills" Hiring Challenges
  • Baby Boomer Retirement Will Increase The Competition For Hiring

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  • Retaining Applications Professionals Is A Tough Job That's Getting Tougher
  • Business Analyst And Project Manager Roles Top The "Most Wanted" List
  • Shortages Of Modern Technical Skills Outweigh "Legacy" Skills Shortages
  • Nontechnical Skills Pose Significant Hiring Challenges
  • Baby Boomer Retirement Will Exacerbate Today's Critical Skills Shortages
  • Status Quo Retention Programs Will Flounder Under Increased Competition

  • Manage Team Members Like Pros — Before They Decide To Look Elsewhere
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