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Sunday, May 19 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
15BP POWER Panel: Attracting the Next Generation

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We all love the IBM i and have built our careers around it. We hope and expect that the platform will continue to thrive for many years to come. But that requires people – younger people – to gravitate to the IBM i. Very few schools teach anything about the platform, and it’s not often in the press or popular media, so how will the next generation of IT professionals learn about the i, and more importantly, get excited about the i?

What should we be doing now to influence our future IT superstars to give the i a chance, so they can discover all the benefits it offers? Should we be partnering with education? Hiring interns or young people straight out of college? How do we find and attract these people? And what do we have to do differently to provide what this next generation of employee is seeking in order to retain them long-term?

Topics will include:
Where and how to find great candidates
Putting your best foot forward during the interview to sell yourself and your company
Development process changes needed, including agile
Cultural changes needed to retain the next generation
  • Being open to new ideas and new ways of doing things
  • Opening up communications internally, as well as externally, anticipating that they may use social media to reach out to their network
Modernizing your technology stack on IBM i
  • Determining what languages and technologies should be run on i. How do you decide?
    • Longevity of technology
    • Availability of support
    • Cost
    • What’s being taught in schools?
  • What interfaces should be used? Web? Mobile? 5250? Web Services? API’s? Others?

Come to this POWER Panel to join the discussion and be part of the solution of attracting the next generation of IT talent!

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Sunday May 19, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
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