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Torc 2023 Predictions: Community is key in 2023 to find top tech talent


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Community is key in 2023 to find top tech talent

By Dave Messinger, Co-founder and CTO, Torc

For all the talk of new staffing strategies and ways companies are trying to find, hire and keep top tech talent, the key to creating successful development teams in 2023 continues to be the ongoing cultivation and motivation of productive global technology communities.  

A freelance work-lifestyle has proven effective and (finally) achieved acceptance, which is good timing given the little job security offered and frequent layoffs stretching across enterprises in every vertical. Still, a few community and talent platform nuances are shaping up to be industry best practices, as a high quality distributed workforce, as well as the companies competing for them, are trying to make lasting connections in a crowded software development landscape.

  1. Increase touch points - while a browser opens a world of opportunity, humanity still requires personalization. Tech talent is gravitating toward niche communities closely aligned with their interests and skill sets, especially those focused on front-end, back-end, full-stack and Salesforce development, DevOps engineering, and software architecture. Companies that successfully recruit and retain high performers make the extra effort to craft a platform experience that speaks directly to a community's needs and wants.
  2. Get back out there - the overdue reality check on whether or not a meeting needs to be in person is here to stay, but an uptick in live events being hosted/attended over the past nine months indicates that talent and companies are willing to make the effort for a return. If you go somewhere, let people know.
  3. Secure identity and data - protecting workforce information, performance credentials and content created is of concern on both sides of the talent marketplace equation. Secure environments are better for developers and platforms because users control their own data, and better for companies in terms of privacy, legal, compliance and IP integrity.
  4. Learn to earn - the virtual workforce cares about advancing skills to increase employment options. Communities are upping the ante for continued education and they're not waiting for a shoulder tap to do it. Instead, they're turning to one another for help to increase capabilities and versatility.

Companies need high quality developers that work quickly and efficiently and produce clean code. Talent to fit that bill is out there and ready to work. In 2023, global technology communities will continue to be the best access point.



Dave Messinger, Co-Founder & CTO


Dave is passionate about the future of work, global technology community and how software should be developed. He brings to Torc 25+ years of collaboration experience with remote developers (long before the gig economy became popular), as well as an unmatched prowess for data-centric IT strategy and vision.‍

Prior to co-founding Torc as CTO, Dave spent two decades at Topcoder, most recently as Chief Technologist and Chief Community Officer. His early career was spent at Amentra and Tallan as a Lead Architect and Technical Project Manager working on ecommerce and enterprise software development projects for Fortune 500 companies.‍

A Trinity College graduate, Dave continues to excel as a technology innovator with his commitment to ongoing education. A frequent resource for analysts and media, Dave is a spokesperson, author and technology keynote speaker. 

Published Monday, December 12, 2022 7:30 AM by David Marshall
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