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LogDNA 2021 Predictions: Modern Technologies and the Workforce

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Modern Technologies and the Workforce

By Chris Nguyen, LogDNA Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer

This year has challenged people in every industry in every country across the globe. Many lost their jobs and were forced to slow down, reflect, and take the future of their career into their own hands. I see this as an opportunity for many talented individuals who were laid off from tech jobs to start new ventures and solve the most pressing problems that our society faces today. There's also an opportunity for people who were laid off from less-resilient industries to transition into tech. New businesses and new talent mean that modern technologies like Cloud, Kubernetes, and Serverless will be defacto standards in 2021 and beyond.

Prediction 1: There will be a wave of new tech startups

Throughout history, we've seen recessions and mass layoffs as a driving force for individuals to start their own businesses. Technology professionals who lost their jobs in 2020 have an opportunity to use the skills they built on corporate America's dime to solve the problems that the world faces today. These innovators are thinking about the new products and services that will solve problems that didn't exist before the pandemic. These might include solutions for remote work, mental health, delivery and on-demand services, and contactless everything.

The good news for this wave of startups is that there's no shortage of capital available to them. The success of IPOs like Airbnb and JFrog in 2020 validated that technology companies stayed strong during the pandemic while industries like airlines and hospitality were more volatile. Investors and entrepreneurs alike will focus on modern technologies and practices that are more reliable in the wake of another pandemic or natural disaster. That means developers are more likely to use technology like Kubernetes to deploy across multiple clouds for redundancy and to prevent vendor lock-in. They'll be working smarter, not harder, and will leverage best-in-class developer tools to build their technology stacks rather than using cumbersome all-in-one solutions.

Prediction 2: There will be an influx of new and more diverse talent in the tech industry

The pandemic decimated industries like hospitality and retail and many jobs may never make a full return. As many of the people who lost their jobs were thinking about their next venture, they were also forced to see how central technology is to other parts of their lives -- from online classrooms for their children to virtual doctor's appointments and grocery delivery. This has been a driving factor for these individuals to take inventory of their skills and see how they can apply or grow them within the tech industry.

For those who want to build their skills, there are many avenues available to them, including online certificate programs, accelerators, and boot camps. I see that trend continuing as more people push back on traditional degree programs that put them hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and get them the same entry-level job as the person who taught themselves to code.

As these new people join our teams, it's more important than ever that we're giving them the tools they need to succeed. Many solutions on the market saw this trend coming and optimized their products to have an intuitive user experience.

I'm so excited to see this diverse new pool of candidates and startups enter the industry, and I'd like to challenge all of us to focus on a few things.

  1. Be empathetic - it's hard to start a new career or a new business, especially during a global pandemic.
  2. Be a source of knowledge - the more we share what we've learned over the years, the more educated the entire industry will be.
  3. Take action - you may be the person that can hire the next generation of great engineers or the one who can help fund the innovation that protects us from the next pandemic.


About the Author

Chris Nguyen 

Chris Nguyen is the Chief Strategy Officer and Co-founder of LogDNA. Chris was the company's founding CEO from 2016 to 2020. His leadership led to LogDNA's partnership with tech giant, IBM, and recognition as a Forbes 2019 Cloud 100 Rising Star. Prior to LogDNA, Chris founded two other companies with Lee Liu: TeamSave, a joint venture with eBay Classified Group, and JobLoft, which was acquired by onTargetjobs/Warburg Pincus Portfolio. He served as CEO of both companies. Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Information Technology from Ryerson University.

Published Wednesday, January 06, 2021 7:41 AM by David Marshall
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