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Jump-Start, Re-Start the PowerBuilder Ecosystem

Connecting Job-Seekers to Hiring Companies

One of the indicators that cause a technology to be categorized as legacy is the inability to find a ready supply of trained professionals to work with it.

From the organizational viewpoint, a lack of HR supply increases software risk, decreases an organization's ability to make changes to the system and positions the system as a candidate for migration to another platform. 

A recent CNN Money report titled "Why You Can't Find a Job" points out that "The ... issue is mismatch. Firms have jobs, but can't find appropriate workers.

The workers want to work, but can't find appropriate jobs"  Why?  Because "of so-called structural unemployment -- a serious imbalance in labor markets that has left a large pool of unemployed workers in the wrong place, or with the wrong skills, to take advantage of job opportunities. The kinds of skills [the unemployed have] and the locations where they live are not particularly good matches with available jobs."

In other words, sources quoted in the article think that workers and employers are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

A quick internet search at SimplyHired.com turned up 10s of PowerBuilder  opportunities. Here's the link to my search

This MSDN Flash email today arrived in my in box today.

It immediately caught my eye because it is a virtual conference where job seekers can meet potential employers!  The full MS site describing the event is here

I would think that a Sybase/PowerBuilder event such as  the one sponsored by  Microsoft could have vast significance for the PowerBuilder community.  For the unemployed developer, it could help find work, no small thing in the current economy.  For the customer, in addition to helping them staff their project, it could help dispel the impression that PowerBuilder is a legacy technology.

So Sybase what are you waiting for?  Events such as these can only help restart your developer ecosystem.

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Yakov Werde, a 25 year IT industry veteran, is a member of TeamSybase and the newly formed Sybase Customer Evangelist Team. Yakov is a recognized author, speaker and trainer who has been designing and delivering PowerBuilder, .NET, EaServer, Web App Development, and Java training for over 14 years to corporate, military and government developers. Prior to discovering his aptitude as an educator, Yakov worked as an architect, project manager and application coder in the trenches of application software development. Yakov holds a Masters in Education with a specialty in instructional design for online learning from Capella University and a BS in math and computer science from Florida International University. Yakov, managing partner of eLearnIT LLC (www.elearnitonline.com), authors and delivers workshops and web based eLearning tutorials to guide professional developers toward PowerBuilder Classic and .NET mastery. Follow Yakov on Twitter as @eLearnPB