These days, there is software in just about everything we interact with - and we're not talking about just the obvious stuff like computers, phones, tablets, etc., which themselves are pervasive in the modern life - from cars to thermostats to our kids'
toys, there are few things left that don't have a little code embedded in them. As for the small number of remaining things that haven't been touched by the software bug - I'm looking at you chap-stick - somewhere in these products' life-cycles software played
a role, whether it be the software used to design the packaging or the millions of lines of code than run the logistics systems that get the products from factory, to store, and ultimately into your hands. The point is - this is a software driven world - and
for better or worse, that's an inescapable truth.
In turn, it only takes a basic understanding of the principles of supply and demand to realize what that means for those with the skill sets to build software. Right now (and the foreseeable future, as well) is a great time to be a developer, or really any
IT professional. Software projects large and small are abundant, and the demand presently out-weighs the supply.
For those hiring these professionals, this skew in the supply-demand balance presents certain challenges. Right now it can actually be tough for companies to find the development resources they need, but more importantly it can be a real challenge to find
high-quality, and highly productive talent. An unfortunate side effect of this developer friendly market where those doing the hiring are under pressure "to fill seats" is that lower quality "professionals" can, and often do, find their way into roles beyond
their skill sets.
Don't get stuck with B or C-team players, when you know you really need A-team players. Red Tree Labs employs only top-notch engineers and technology professionals. When you need to resources quick and you don't want to have to worry about whether
or not you'll be getting the A-team or those getting pulled off the bench, start with Red Tree Labs.
The clever folks over at Coverity have put together this excellent infographic illustrating some of the points above: