The Flexibility That Comes With Remote Working, Outsourcing Developers
Remote working and outsourcing have taken the world by storm ever since the pandemic hit but now the question is will it survive in the post-pandemic era and if yes, how will it affect the future of working and hiring.
To learn more about the same and understand what the future has in store for remote developers and remote working, we connected with Joseph Puglisi, Chairman and co-manager of North Andover Investors Collaborative II, and an expert in managing complex business and technical environments across industries.
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About Joseph Puglisi
Joseph Puglisi is a seasoned business and technology professional with extensive experience managing complex business and technical environments across industries. He’s currently the chairman and co-manager of North Andover Investors Collaborative II. He’s adept at building and leading teams and creating cross-functional partnerships to deliver on business initiatives. His strengths in leadership, strategic vision, innovation and communication have helped him pave the way for all the businesses he’s worked for.
1. What trends do you see coming up in the industry – unseemly or exciting – that might change the industry for good?
While many are focused on the growing desire for continued work from home versus the executive push towards a return to work with all the attendant controversy around cyber-security, commuting costs and the like, there is another aspect of the change in the workplace being overlooked. It’s partly where you will work, but also increasingly when you will work that is in question. Many in the workforce want the flexibility they achieved when working remotely to set their own schedule.
2. With the software industry right now, What change do you see sticking?
It has always been my belief that retaining ‘developers’ is very difficult. Unless you are in the software business, it is better to ‘rent’ development talent through the vehicle of consulting, outsourcing or partnerships. In a way, COVID has made it more accessible and acceptable to pursue part-time employees. Developers like the project or “gig” approach which gives them freedom and variety, leading to more engagement and job satisfaction, while companies can complete development projects far more efficiently than with in-house staff.
3. As a CIO, what stacks or languages do you see having a larger impact on the industry and consideration by the dev community?
Some might say C or JAVA or some other cool new language, but my money is on “low code” and AI tools for the future of development tools used by company employees. Again, from the perspective of the business (where the business is selling or manufacturing), there are a myriad of tools both cloud-based and endpoint resident which enable employees to be creative with the use of data. Heavy development will still be undertaken by programmers, but these platforms really allow for the average employee to do a lot more than ever before with little to no “computer” training.
Hearing John’s take on remote working and his view towards hiring remote developers even in the post-pandemic era, was a breath of fresh air. Hope this Q&A was helpful to you just as it was for us.
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