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Building CSC's Next Generation Skills Base
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#csctechtalkAugust 25 CSCTechTalk CSCers: Join our Tech Transformation Leaders for a lively discussion about all things #csctechtalk
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#csctechtalk9/18 TechTalk SoundbitesResearchNetwork - Insights-to-Go! An overview of services and predictive advances being made
Lisa Braun
From @bslook: What are the most in demand skills for the next 5 years or so?
Rich Reba
we are seeing significant client action being taken in several segments: big data business models, mobile business models, modernizing & migrating workloads out to the cloud, and integrating SaaS / XaaS back into the enterprise
Rich Reba
cybersecurity, devops, orchestration, integration, and social media / collaboration capabilities are all key enablers in these segments
Rich Reba
also, an integrated operational support system + business support system (OSS / BSS) is essential in making capabilities at all layers available "as a Service"
Sue Cronizer
There's a big need for communication/translation skills - being able to understand the technology BUT relate it in business terms to the customer
Adrian Jones
Be interested to hear if people are seeing much demand for NoSQL databases with clients
Mike Trusty
The tools Theyaa used identify these as well. Communication, project management, leadership all show up as key skills in many areas
John Furrier
biggest skill imho is decision making in uncertain unstructured environments; being fluent in data, social media, and communication
John Furrier
using online tools is another great skill
Jerry Overton
I don't know the answer, but it would have to be something related to collaboration and communication -- right?
Paul
yes - sifting through the "noise" and extracting insights for decision support is getting more important as data traffic grows exponentially - plus associated industry knowledge for context (the "double-deep" principle)
Henry Helgen
@scronizer I think communicating with clients and translating vague business needs into a detailed and accurate yet concise technical spec is a rare and valuable skill.
Rich Reba
also - SOLUTION ARCHITECTURE that can tie all of these "Outside-In" and legacy enterprise capabilities together to get results
Rick Wilhelm
@HenryHelgen Yes ... A clear spec is a memorialization of clear thinking.
Jerry Overton
One thing we really need is better information on the current skills we have. Be honest now, would you be willing to maintain and share a portable inventory of your skilss with your employer?
Sherri Hartlen-Neely
Personally, I do this on LinkedIn as part of my profile there. I'm not sure I'm willing to duplicate that effort internally when you can see my skills/experience outside of the company.
Mike Trusty
In some ways LinkedIn becomes a portable inventory of some of my skills and experience. It would be nice if that could be integrated with an internal CSC portfolio that I only needed to update once.
Rick Wilhelm
Both employer and employee would seem to benefit from skills transparency.
Jerry Overton
@shartlen Makes sense. I think a lot of people do the same. And I'm not sure that many would be comfortable giving the employer API access to their LinkedIn profile.
James Kierstead
Some people have been weary of this because your inventory of skills my reflect your long career but not your current interests.
Jerry Overton
@rickwilhelm Agreed. But there's also lots of room for misuse. I wonder if that fear is enough to halt progress?
Kyle Zellman
Yes as long as it's a 2 way street and I know the skills I have to develop to stay on top of things.That sort of 2 way sharing can go a long way in reducing turnover, and thus boosting morale and improving culture, through retraining rather than replacing
Bryan Cooper, PMP, ITIL
I already maintain that information, in great detail, on LinkedIn. GRM's skills list is a bit dated, and may not be used as extensively as it could be.
Soren Helsted
@mtrusty3 CSC could use Linkedin as a skill inventory - what is the motivation for employees to use an internal tool in addition to LinkedIn. Internal job postings could also be put on LinkedIn and LinkedIn's jobmatching feature used
Sherri Hartlen-Neely
Agreed; I wouldn't relinquish that type of access to any company/employer.
Sorin Costea
But we always had GRM didn't we. Why did people choose to ignore GRM?
Theyaa Matti
Sharing my skills with my employer benefits both parties, allows my employer to better place me in the right path, on the right projects. And, allows me to help my employer better understand my professional needs to progress!
Soren Helsted
GRM is very difficult to use if you are not a regular user. High entry barrier so people do not use it. Skills in GRM are not the hot skills. Uncertainty as to whether it is actually used to support peoples carreer.
Theyaa Matti
We can use the same idea as LinkedIn in our GPARS, and the employees + manager working together for a specific time period would be able to endorse each other's skills with each GPARS iteration.
Bob Slook
GHR Skills are seriously out of data and getting skills added is quite frustrating.
Sorin Costea
... with the same problem LI has: my good friend would vouch for me on all those funny skills.
Bob Slook
I don't think we need another tool. We just need to get more efficient and effective at using some of the ones we already have.
Bryan Cooper, PMP, ITIL
We also need to refine and institutionalize our resource management process and infrastructure. Neither my defined role, nor my assigned CoE, are reflective of my skills or experience. This puts the burden totally on me to find my next assignment.
Soren Helsted
Systems are often behind reality, especially when we are talking leading edge - is there a way to make the resource management processes and systems more agile that we can adopt?
Rich Reba
but i think that increasingly sourcing inside the enterprise is mirroring sourcing outside the enterprise - lots of interaction via social media - for me, LinkedIn is almost as important for internal sourcing as it is for external sourcing
Bryan Cooper, PMP, ITIL
The RMs have been very helpful and responsive, but I've had to do the legwork to get my name and resume in front of them.
Paul
Sometimes half the battle is raising your profile (and getting noticed in the right way!) With all the transformation activities underway it's a good chance to jump in and use your skills more appropriately, and build your network
Rick Wilhelm
fwiw... Lots of work going on to improve the effectiveness of resource management. Still work-in-progress... but plenty of attention.
Bryan Cooper, PMP, ITIL
Paul, Rick - I've made a lot of new friends in the last two weeks. :-)
Bob Slook
The key to porject success and skills development getting to the right motivated people to the right project and tapping into the cummunity
Henry Helgen
Does CSC have an Hadoop cluster with MapReduce and HDFS as a sandbox for training or self-directed testing?
Sorin Costea
right, or for that matter, the whole stack of our BDaaS offering?
Rick Wilhelm
@eddie_satterly is working on a sandbox for BDPaaS
Rich Reba
contact Eddie Satterly our Big Data CTO for the latest on what will be made available to CSC technologists with regard to BDPaaS
Theyaa Matti
That would be a great opportunity for CSC employees to match theory with practice!
Adrian Jones
Don't know what CSC have but Hortonworks have an Hadoop Sandbox you can download for free that I plan to try
Henry Helgen
The idea is to take the skillsoft training and then have an area to practice outside our clients' networks.
Henry Helgen
Clients and individuals may not have the licensed or expensive technology available.
Rick Wilhelm
As before... contact @eddie_satterly He's certainly like-minded!
Jerry Overton
Anyone had success with virtual meetups to discuss and build skills? Can anyone recommend some groups?
Sherri Hartlen-Neely
Have you looked at LinkedIn groups? There are lots out there. I've joined virtual and face-to-face learning and networking groups via LinkedIn.
Jerry Overton
@shartlen Thx, I'll have to try that. I like the chat sessions associated with Coursera, but you have to take the class to get the full impact.
Sherri Hartlen-Neely
Also Google+ is turning into a very nice techie community. Try looking at communities and groups out there; lots of good stuff happening there.
Soren Helsted
I think that the most difficult part of the MOOCs is actually to connect to "class mates" who work like you and are engaged. Especially with chat sessions, fora, and group work I find this the biggest challenge
Rick Wilhelm
@shartlen CSC's @solidkhare (AnuragK) is active on the #LinkedIn #Jira community. He's brought back a ton of learning (and contributed too)
Jerry Overton
@sorenhelsted Maybe these kinds of groups should be something we should start/build.
Martin Lee
I mentioned MIT above (They are in edX with Harvard). I believe they provide a section where fellow students could participate, and allow non-paying ones to participate with the paid (to get credits) students.