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Great article in the WSJ regarding the shortage of mobile software developers. More and more companies are looking for software engineers with mobile experience to develop applications. The reality is they don’t exist and the smart companies are picking up good software engineers and training them.

Their is an inherent problem with the two major mobile platforms, Droid and Apple iOS. There isn’t code portable between each device set. To develop native software on the iOS (iPhone/iPad), you need an Apple desktop plus their SDK and you must learn Objective-C.  You can develop software for the Droid with any desktop operating system that supports Java and the Droid SDK.

Andy Frank, Founder & COO


We love the idea that technology could make drivers obsolete and roads safer. Of course, let’s just ignore the price tag for now.

Mobile is everywhere these days, an even in places where cell phone service is not. For instance? The open waters.

Royal Caribbean is using mobility in new and different ways on board its ships, largely with iPhones, iPads and other handheld systems, according to CIO Magazine. Parents can track their kids on an iPhone to see where they are on the ship via a Wi-Fi-enabled bracelet, vacationers can view wine lists on their iPad, and employees can use the devices to assist customers with their daily activities.

From an IT standpoint, this represents a huge opportunity. More and more of our consultants are coming equipped with skills in mobile development, which we see as a major driver for spending for as far as we can see. But don’t just take it from us: Gartner predicts that IT spending will reach nearly $3.6 trillion this year, up 5.6% increase from $3.4 trillion in 2010.

Apple continues to fascinate consumers and investors with “secret” product cycles and tight-lipped research and development department. In a recent article in Forbes, speculation surrounds a 500,000 square foot data center being constructed in Maiden, North Carolina just north of Charlotte. Rumors support a massive iTunes subscription streaming service or even relaunching MobileMe as a cloud-based storage locker. We Apple enthusiasts at UDig want to know if you’ve figured out Apple’s big plans for the massive data center in North Carolina.

Rob Havey
Director of Recruiting, UDig

13 percent.

That’s how much U.S. staffing employment – American workers placed by staffing agencies – increased from February 2010 to February 2011. It’s a solid figure and a leading employment indicator – particularly as our country moves out of the recession.

Staffing agencies and recruiters work for our nation. And they work for you. If you’re scared off by recruiters, you’re not alone. But it’s our opinion, of course, that you should always maintain a relationship with a recruiter who specializes in the industry you’re in. Here’s why:

  • Believe it or not, there are Recruiters out there that sincerely find what they do to be gratifying. If you can identify one, a relationship with that person will prove invaluable to your career. A recruiter who takes the time to get to know you and your career goals does not see you as a dollar sign, but rather, someone they would find great pleasure in finding a dream opportunity for.
  • If you are looking for a better opportunity but don’t want the world to know, a recruiter who knows you can make sure you’re exposed to opportunities while maintaining confidentiality. With more and more companies hiring Internal Recruiters and delegating recruiting responsibilities to HR, posting your resume on job boards can be risky. Having your resume fall into the wrong hands may not be a can of worms you want to open.
  • Market rates and salaries frequently change depending on skill set and demand. A recruiter you have a relationship with, who deals with these jobs and candidates daily can help keep you stay at the forefront of the state of your particular industry. Even if you don’t want to make a career change, your recruiter can help you achieve obtaining a well deserved raise.

Bottom line: identify a trustworthy recruiter and make it a point to build a relationship. Once the relationship and trust is established, your recruiter will constantly be working behind the scenes to make sure you are exposed to opportunities that you most likely would not have found otherwise.

Wahid Osmani
Technical Account Manager, UDig

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