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November, 9 2009
About Me (so, who is this guy?):
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Tony Shuba
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Enterprise Solutions Manager @ BlueStorm Technologies,
Inc.
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Experience
 Miller Aviation / Miller Information Technologies – 6 years
 Corning Data Services – 4 years
 BlueStorm – 6 years
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Education
 B.S. (Computer Science) – Binghamton, Watson School
1994
 Multiple Industry Certifications (IBM, Microsoft, Sun
Microsystems)
Why am I here today
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First, Important to hear from the outside
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Focus on C.S. Graduates in Corporate I/T
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What a great time to be in Computer Science!
What a great time to be in Computer Science
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What once cost $1,000’s to $10,000’s is now free
 Development Environments
 Servers
 Operating Systems
 Virtualization Software
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Truly a Mission-Critical component in today’s enterprise
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Many, many career choices within the Industry
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Renewed focus on value of I/T (Post dot com world)
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Ability to change the world! (in a positive way)
When
wasshabby
your age…
In context, CS today is
not Itoo
Stand Alone Legacy Applications (Main Frame)
Windows Applications – Stand Alone
Windows Applications – “Client Server”
Windows Applications – “N-Tier”
Windows Applications – Collaborative Apps
Web Applications – Stand Alone (Simple Sites)
Web Applications – Portals
Web Applications – Java Enterprise
Web Applications – Distributed Web Services / SOA
Web Applications – Web 2.0, Mobile, etc…
And it won’t stop there…. What’s next?
Eclipse
But, at least I missed these…
Agenda
1. Company Overview
2. CS Graduate Success in the Corporate World
3. Pace and Nature of Change in I/T Industry
4. Career-Long Learning
5. Trends and Directions in the I/T Industry
6. Conclusion and Questions
BlueStorm Company Overview
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Incorporated in 1999
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Headquartered in Binghamton, NY
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Focused on Enterprise Solutions
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Customers across the U.S.
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Projects in countries such as:
 Sweden
 Germany
 Brazil
 U.K.
How we see ourselves
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BlueStorm is a Systems Integrator / Solutions Provider
 Focused on I/T Needs of an Organization
 Provide On-Demand Infrastructure
 Develop Enterprise-class solutions
 Provide secure, reliable, scalable solutions
 Integration, Integration, Integration
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We are a Services company
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Heavily focused on Java / JEE
From our Vision Statement
A Company that…
1. Attracts and Retains Top People
2. Attracts and Retains Top Companies
3. Maintains High Standards and High Expectations
4. Is Respected by our Customers and partners
5. Fundamentally changes the way our
customers do business
6. Provides a Competitive Advantage to our customers
Customers
What we have achieved so far:
Our Primary Partnerships
The Services Business
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I/T Services vs. Internal I/T
 Trends
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Excitement
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Customer, Customer, Customer
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Value, Value, Value
 If we aren’t significantly better, why hire us?
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Expected to keep up with the industry
 What is going on in our space and outside of our
space
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Industry Certified Experts
40h
Skill Categories
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Hard Skills
 Traditional / Typical Computer Science skills
 Get you to the table
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Soft Skills
 Interpersonal skills – how people relate to each other
 The skills you need to succeed
 Possibly more important over the longer term
 Get you in the door
Hard Skills
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“Get you to the table”
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Employers: Expected set of skills for CS Grad.
 Knowledge and base Proficiency
 Examples:
○ Programming Languages, Data Structures, Software
Engineering, Operating Systems, etc.
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Are there Differentiators?
 Academic: Grades, Project Work, etc.
 More important: Additional knowledge and skills
Hard Skills – Additional Knowledge
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In My Experience… Missing Skills:
 Context – Understand the bigger picture
○ Move toward I/T Architect skills
 Application – Applied and Demonstrated Skills
 “Harder” Skills:
○ Additional “Concrete” skills that tip the balance in your favor
Let’s look at a few Concrete Skills that employers look for…
Additional Skills – Concrete Skills
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Database Development
 Knowledge and application of SQL
 Fundamental database design (Entity-Relationship Diagrams)
 Relational Theory and Normalization
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Web Development Skills
 Minimum: HTML and JavaScript
 Web Programming – Corporate Focus
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Java
 Language, API Basics, Web Development
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Higher Level Design
 e.g. Design Pattern Concepts
Soft Skills
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“Get you in the door”
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For many: The Missing Piece
 Many students are unprepared – foreign concepts
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For Employers:
 Provide ROI (Return on Investment)
○ To bring you onboard an employer is making a significant
investment (Money, Time, Effort, …)
○ “New” employees vs. “Seasoned” employees
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Revelation:
 Writing code is a small part of what you will do day-to-day
Soft Skills Examples
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Documentation Skills
Presentation Skills
Problem Solving Skills
Self Management
Time Management
Team Building
Participation
Motivation
Respect
Responsible
Work on the Soft Skills
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Take the Next four years to work on these skills
If you are motivated, you’ll find a way
Every document, every project is important!
* Take a public speaking class
Yes, it’s painful, but worth it
* Take a technical writing class
Take courses that have group assignments and presentations
Participate in projects outside normal coursework (Research)
Industry / Corporate Experience:
 Co-op
 Internship
 Part-time
Two More…
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Business Skills
 General business knowledge
 Business Acumen
 Helps with:
○ Business Application Development
○ Conversing with Customers
○ Sound Project Decisions
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Research Skills
 Surprisingly Lacking
 Many, many, many sources of information today
Ability to Research
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The Greatest Thing to happen to the I/T World:
Change
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A Constant in this field
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Need to analyze new technologies
 What is the longevity?
 How does it fit within the organization?
 How to introduce?
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Agent of Change
 Balance today’s organizational needs with technology
needs
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Always reading, always researching, …
My Observations
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The best embrace change
 To them change doesn’t seem like “change”
 Already “up” on what’s going on
 Have strong foundational elements in place already
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The best have the concept of “Play”
 “I’m playing around with…”
 Don’t lose the initiative of Play
 Try things
○ Write code
○ Build things
○ Try out new technologies
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The best develop opinions on new technology
 Within the context of organizational needs
Learning
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Life-time Learning!
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Formal and Informal training
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Most of it will fall on you
 Responsibility
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Often no formal training available
 Utilize Books, Play, Google, etc.
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The best:
 Are in a constant state of learning
 Never let themselves fall behind
Challenges
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Everything is Speeding up…
 Number of Development requests
 Timeframe to complete
 Critical nature
 Complexity is increasing
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Complexity
 Application and System Complexity
 Development environment complexity
○ Example: Java
Complexity Example: Java
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Java the Programming Language
Object Oriented Programming
Java the Virtual Machine
Java the Standard Edition API’s (Java SE)
Java the Enterprise Edition API’s (Java EE)
HTML
JavaScript
JavaServer Pages
Java Servlets
JavaServer Faces (JSF)
Enterprise Java Beans 3.0 (EJB3)
Java Persistence API (JPA) ORM
Web Services
XML
Ajax
Web Framewoks (ADF, Seam, Spring, etc.)
etc., etc., etc.
“Do we need to
know Java?”
-- anonymous
At the same time…
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The number of resources available is unprecedented:
 Google
 Blogs
 Wikis
 White Papers
 Books
 Free, open source, downloadable software
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If you have the initiative, it’s a great time to be in C.S.!!!
Moving Forward – Some thoughts…
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Less Focus on Writing Code
 More Focus on:
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Component Reuse
Services and API’s (Service Oriented Architecture - SOA)
Visual Modeling and Design
Visual Development of Systems
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Developer and Team Productivity
 E.g. Eclipse Mylyn Project
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Scripting Language Components
 e.g. Jython, Ruby, etc.
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Improved Application Frameworks
 e.g. Oracle ADF Framework
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Security
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Integration
 Web Services, SOA, Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)
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Web 2.0 Concepts
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Mobility (again)
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Virtualization
Final Thoughts
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Be ready for the amount of work required
 It’s like writing a term paper or project all the time
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Be prepared for the speed and amount of change
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Don’t be afraid to ask for help…
 … but do the research first
 You are not expected to be the expert… yet.
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And finally…
Be Passionate – Do something you love to do!
Questions?
BlueStorm Technologies, Inc.
20-24 Wall Street
Binghamton, NY 13901
http://www.bluestormtech.com
Contact:
Tony Shuba
[email protected]
607-762-5401

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