3 ways modern, open technologies can boost recruiting and retention

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Anyone who works in the tech industry is well-versed in the trials and tribulations of hiring tech.

Countless articles have been written and research conducted on the subject. Cloud computing skills have a very low demand in terms of demand, so at times it brings to a halt the hiring plans of other companies.

While there are many ways to solve this challenge, there is one choice that companies can make in their technology strategy, which is more relevant than ever in the cloud-first. This choice will pay dividends in the short and long term when it comes to hiring and retaining the best people for the job: Embrace modernity, technology and standards.

From languages ​​to tools to culture and strategy, adopting and using open source technologies – such as those exemplified in many DevOps tools, for example – will have a significant positive impact on the technical skills in your organization.

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Will this solve the recruitment and retention challenges overnight? Of course not. But it is important in a comprehensive strategy to attract and keep the best people to your company.

Here are three reasons why:

1. People who use open technologies can connect with their peers better

Here’s a short-term – almost immediate – benefit of investing in modern, open technology: It gives your current and future organizations important social capital with peer groups in the IT industry.

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People are excited – and talk excitedly – about the tools and technology they work with. This creates a contagious bond of pride and passion, which in turn leads to strong partnerships with peers who work (or want to work) with modern tools.

This assures current employees that they are part of an organization that is currently and technologically advanced. It sends the same message to the professional crowd over and over again.

This is not possible in the same way with closed technology or technical equipment. With those, when people talk about their work, it really only makes sense or makes sense to other people in the group. This limits the effectiveness of the network.

Obviously, a company’s products and services may be wholly owned. How they build, deliver and support these open source products. The main examples here are Golang and Python. Golang is very interesting and growing fast; Python is already everywhere. This speaks to a clear advantage: When you onboard new employees, they can hit the ground running, rather than taking weeks or months to get up to speed on things like proprietary scripting languages.

2. People see better career development

Here’s the long-term upside: When your technology stack embraces open, modern tools and standards, you’re giving current and future employees a more visible career path with a strategic approach to market and technology.

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For most tech pros, it’s almost always a safer bet compared to joining a closed system, a niche and being an island within it. Those who are in the same situation may be the unicorns in the legacy ecosystem, but they risk obsolescence, unlike people who learn and develop skills to work with the technologies and methods used by many organizations and industries.

Essentially, you’re giving people the opportunity to grow and develop within your company – very important if you want to retain top talent – as you identify potential employees who will build lasting experience and be able to leverage somewhere else if they choose. to the future.

3. People jump into the big pool to prove the skill

It’s no secret that most IT users value independence. They are often self-taught and/or self-directed. But that doesn’t mean they are the only wolves. They base their learning and independence in knowing and verifying the skills available in their areas.

When you’re using open technologies, it’s a multidisciplinary team – and it’s incredibly important not just for one person but for the whole team. This ties in with point #1 above and the peer group: Proprietary art collections rely on a similar, internal community. Open technology collections benefit from a wide range of global communities with a wide enough scope.

Artistic people are always looking for better art: Am I writing this in the best way? Am I using this tool in the best way? Is this safe? Am I using best practices as established by many experts?

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In a closed system, the only people who can produce this high quality will be a small group of colleagues who work with the same technology. In an open system, the peer group can be large. (Python is again an obvious example.)

This is good for the individual and very valuable for the organization that employs them. Security, an area with limited public expertise, is a good example: The opportunity to educate yourself is huge these days. And hiring managers who embrace an open system will benefit when security engineers in their organizations can rely on the best practices and learnings of security practitioners around the world.

In this case, this is not a matter of helping you hire one person, but of inviting the acquaintance of thousands of people into your organization. This is the power of open, modern technology and methods.

Kieran Pierce is EVP of Product Strategy at Lemon grass.

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