Tweaking the tech industry’s message can attract more talent says HDS

Pitching the IT industry as a place to solve real world problems would attract more young talent says HDS

Pitching the technology industry as a place to find a career where you can make a difference to the world is a great way of attracting more talent into IT, according to Hitachi Data Systems.

The supplier’s social innovation strategy, discussed in detail at Hitachi Connect 2015, focuses on integrating IT and infrastructure technologies for a “safer, more secure world”, which HDS says is an attractive message for recruiting more staff to the technology industry and closing the skills gap.

On attracting “millennials” to the IT industry, Michael Hay, vice-president and chief engineer at HDS, said: “People want to work for a company that has a bigger purpose. They want to feel like they are part of a bigger purpose.”

He added that it is not just young people who are needed to fill the skills gap, but “a wider variety of people”.

HDS will close its acquisition of data analytics company Pentaho in June. The company will remain under the leadership of Pentaho CEO Quentin Gallivan.

Gallivan said data scientists are in particular demand, but due to a shortage the industry is beginning to realise that it needs to be more flexible on what backgrounds it recruits graduates from.

“Because of the demand for more data scientists the industry is seeing graduates from more routes than the traditional statistics backgrounds, such as astrophysics. Graduates from a wider range of disciplines are helping to expand the labour pool,” he said. 

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Gallivan added that companies of all sizes are struggling to recruit the right talent. 

“Startups are looking for programming talent from different avenues. For example, I know a company that is recruiting talent from the Rhode Island School of Design.

“And there are those studying user design who are looking to go into software, as they know how to make an app intuitive and easy to use,” he said.

Hu Yoshida, CTO of HDS, said talent should be coming from a range of backgrounds as the industry is not just for “techies” who are from a computer science background. 

“Technology should be open to everyone and should be made useable for everyone,” he said. 

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