Pandemic accelerating the move to a hybrid workplace

As employees swap the corporate office for the home office, business leaders are forced to re-examine the business model and strategic priorities.

The pandemic has amplified several trends already prevalent in the workplace: the growth of the dispersed workforce, the proliferation of digital engagement, and the rise of the subscription economy. Together, they are ushering in an era of a rapidly emerging work environment that promotes business agility and growth through a mix of on-site and remote employees, modern digital experiences, and on-demand access to software and solutions.

Flexible work environments will play a more central role moving forward. As one respondent put it, “remote workers are going to be the new norm for our company.” . . . Equally important to business leaders, employees are onboard with more remote work. According to PwC, almost three quarters (72%) of US employees now want to work remotely at least two days per week, with one third (32%) preferring to never go to the office. Similarly, Gallup reported in April 2020 that 60% of Americans would prefer to continue to work remotely once public health restrictions are lifted. full story here


Software Developer Drought: Where are you in Demand?

With an increasing need for software by non-tech companies, a developer drought is growing outside of Silicon Valley.

Turns out there’s a major need for software developers outside of the traditional geo-center of Silicon Valley. Despite COVID-19, states in the US heartland are actively hiring developers. Plus, professionals on the West Coast are reassessing work-life opportunities and exploring start-up prospects outside the Valley and other tech hotspots.

This isn’t a shift to remote workers. In July and August, 92% of software developer job ads on three leading employment sites were for work-on-premises jobs. Apparently, employers are slow to embrace remote working.

The data comes from Mendix, a Siemens business involved in low-code application development. The company recently launched the Mendix 2020 Software Developer Drought Index, an effort to track hiring shortages for developers on the US county and state levels. click here for full article . . .


Companies Start to Think Remote Work Isn’t So Great After All

Projects take longer. Collaboration is harder. And training new workers is a struggle. ‘This is not going to be sustainable.’

Four months ago, employees at many U.S. companies went home and did something incredible: They got their work done, seemingly without missing a beat. Executives were amazed at how well their workers performed remotely, even while juggling child care and the distractions of home. Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc., among others, quickly said they would embrace remote work . . . . Read full article here at WSJ

Diversifying the Tech Workforce

The tech field is one of the largest sources of wealth generation in the United States—and is 68% White and 65% male. Not only can diversifying the field address wealth gaps, but inclusive tech companies can reduce the likelihood of technology harming underrepresented groups. Here are three organizations that are supporting underrepresented communities in tech.

Diversifying the Tech Workforce, Black Girls Code, Tech Disability Project . . . . full story here

How Are Manufacturers Holding Up During the Pandemic?

Both reshoring and the deployment of automation have become more interesting to respondents. The survey reveals that 64% of manufacturers say they are likely to bring manufacturing production and sourcing back to North America, which is a 10% increase from the same sentiment reported in Thomas’ March survey of manufacturers. Another key finding shows that 25% of US manufacturers are considering expanding industrial automation as a result of COVID-19. . . . . full story click here

Science and Technology Online Video Lectures

Joseph Stiglitz lecturing at Columbia University: The Great Divide

The annual Linus Pauling Memorial Lectures Series takes place in Portland Oregon (Linus’s home town). The presenters each season address topics ranging over all of the sciences, engineering and related philosophies of science and engineering. the focus has been on leading-edge thinkers.

Click here to go to series of lectures on. YouTube:

5 Tool Types Every Software Engineer Should Know

Here’s a list of basic tools that every programmer and software engineer should have at their fingertips

This list represents the basic tool types and examples that all programmers and software engineers show have readily available to them. Whether you’re a college graduate transitioning to working life, a young professional changing careers or a seasoned professional trying to stay up-do-date, you should always maintain a handy bag of engineering tools and tricks.

For lists of Software Tools and Utility; Software Compilers and IDEs; Programming Aids; Software For White Hat, Ethical Hackers; and IoT Embedded Software Platforms and Tools

for article and full lists click here

Workforce Matters in Manufacturing

Here are the top stories on manufacturing from 2019. The changing workforce led coverage of manufacturing.

The Landscape of Industrial Manufacturing and Warehouse Robots; Prepping the Workforce for Smart Automation ; Rise of the Augmented Worker ; Manufacturers Turn to Automation to Combat Labor Shortages ; Retiring Knowledge Workers May Get Replaced with Technology ; Industrial 5G: Impact on Factory Automation ; The Industry 4.0 Blueprint Is Being Rewritten by Startups 

How to think about 3D printing in 2020

One of the most consequential aspects of 3D printing is the capability to produce objects that cannot be manufactured using any other existing technology. At a fundamental level, 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, can consolidate parts in a single assembly. . . . At a higher level, the technology allows the creation of “previously unimagined complex shapes. That creates unprecedented design opportunities, but to take full advantage of them, design engineers need to retool their thought process. “You have a world of designers who have been trained in and grown up with existing technologies like injection molding. Because of this, people unintentionally bias their design toward legacy processes and away from technologies like 3D printing,” said Paul Benning, Chief Technologist for HP Printing & Digital Manufacturing. full article . . . .

Amazon Wants to “Upskill” Workers into Tech Professionals

Amazon plans on spending $700 million to retrain 100,000 members of its U.S. workforce over the next six years, according to the company. 

This initiative, dubbed “Upskilling 2025,” will focus on several different types of employees. For example, the Amazon Technical Academy will attempt to move “non-technical Amazon employees” to software engineering roles. Meanwhile, those employees with some technical background will have the opportunity to participate in Machine Learning University, which will (theoretically) impart them with the skills needed for machine-learning and artificial intelligence (A.I.) roles.  more . . . .