Dallas IT Recruiters Celebrates 20 Years Changes in Technology Industry


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The InSource Group, an IT staffing and recruiting company in Dallas, Tx., is celebrating the 20th year in business and highlights how the technology industry has changed over the last two decades.

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Dallas IT Recruiters Celebrates 20 Years Changes in Technology Industry

  1. 1. Dallas IT Recruiters Celebrates 20 Years A Review of Changes in Technology IndustryThe technology industry has changed dramatically since The InSource Group wasfounded in 1992 on the principle of providing outstanding IT recruiting services inDallas, Tx. We thought it would be fun to highlight just a few of the many changes in thetechnology industry which have occurred over the last two decades.The 1990s saw a tremendous shift in how software was developed. Early on, if you werean Assembler, RPGII, RPGIII, PL/1 or COBOL developer, you were in high demandduring the early 90s. 4GL programming languages such as PowerBuilder and Delphiwere just beginning to gain acceptance, with PowerBuilder professionals experiencing ahot ride for several years.Remember the UNIX vs. DEC/ VAX wars being waged for the engineering and scientificcommunity in the early 1990’s? Heterogeneous networks became the buzz words forconnecting different hardware platforms to a common network with a standardizedcommunication protocol. IBM was the undisputed hardware leader with its mainframeand mid-range AS/400 lines, while a host of competitors were vying for left over marketshare. Microsoft began its real run at the business enterprise (first with Windows 95recommended to run on 8 megabits of memory, AND the OS upgrade still being shippedon floppy discs!) and quickly became an established part of the rapidly emerging client-server architecture. By the way, what ever happened to the OS/2, CP/M and PICKoperating systems?Software development was primarily performed in a structured or iterative methodology,while object oriented programming was finally gaining acceptance beginning with clientserver based application architectures. FORTRAN, C and Assembly were still thedominant languages used by the technical community, although C++ was actuallyinvented around 1980. While until 1995, Java was still just a slang word for coffee.What about those hardware vendors from the 90’s? Which of these do you remember:Stratus, Prime, Tandem, DEC, Data General, Honeywell, Computervision, SiliconGraphics (SGI), Wang Computers, Cray, SUN Microsystems, Convex or PyramidTechnology? Most are out of business or absorbed by the few remaining dominanthardware vendors.With the increased acceptance of C++, Visual C++, along with Java’s introduction in1995, object oriented development professionals were in high demand. If you were one ofthe early developers who jumped on the OO development band wagon, the mid and late90’s were very good to you.The new millennium brought many more changes. How technology was being usedseemed to change as much as the technology itself.
  2. 2. Who can forget the Armageddon predictions associated with the Y2K conversion effortsfor all those mainframe applications using a two digit date field?At the same time, it seemed like any company with a business idea related to the internetbecame prime investments for Venture Capital firms. Some companies even changedtheir name to end with “.com” to capitalize on the hysteria. For a while, if you coulddesign a website using HTML you too were a hot commodity. And suddenly in 2001, the“dot com” bust finally occurred.Seemingly as quickly, the world changed and became “flat” as described in ThomasFriedman’s book published in 2005; “The World Is Flat”. Now, not only was technologycontinuing to change at a rapid pace, America was competing on a larger, global playingfield.Outsourcing and off-shoring projects became all the rage in the early to mid-2000’s. Thesuccessful completion of a large number of fiber optic, transatlantic communicationcables capable of data rates of up to 10 gigabytes / second provided access to a cheap andeducated workforce primarily in India and China. During this time careers in technologydid not look so promising in America as companies cut back on IT investments andhiring technical staff.ERP specialists were the exception during this time as Fortune 500 companies sought tooptimize their operations to compete more efficiently and globally. Whether a functionalor technical specialist with SAP, Oracle, i2, PeopleSoft, Baan, Lawson or JD Edwardsexperience, this was a time of high earnings.Application developers with Java, C++, or .Net framework experience saw a decline indemand, while data architects and data warehouse specialists stayed in high demand ascompanies struggled with complex ERP and Business Intelligence systemimplementations.Then, another change began taking place. Is it possible to over emphasize the influenceon both the personal and business use of social media sites? From 2002 to 2006, thefollowing sites were placed in operation: Friendster, MySpace (a response to Friendsterwith the first version coded in 10 days!), Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.Along with increased use of the World Wide Web came increased risk of hackers andpotentially devastating computer viruses to the business enterprise. Greater attention wasplaced on information security with new hardware and software products beingdeveloped, along with new career paths developing around data security. These increasedthreats quickly elevated the importance of the position of Chief Information SecurityOfficer (CISO). By 2009, 85% of large organizations reported having a CISO, up from43% in 2006.RIM’s Blackberry can arguably be credited with kicking off the mobile computing race.Soon, PDAs, smart phones and ultimately electronic tablets accelerated by the iPad
  3. 3. introduction, created demand for a new type of development professional. Experiencewith operating systems such as iOS, Android, Windows CE, BREW, and Symbian alongwith software languages like Objective C, J2ME and Python grew in demand. Workingcloser to the operating system increased in importance, something more typicallyassociated with engineering or scientific software development efforts.Last but not least, the acceptance of cloud computing as a viable business model ischanging the technology landscape again. Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as aService (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) now provide access to applicationsand services previously available only to larger firms with deep capital resources.Technology professionals such as Business Analysts, Project Managers and SubjectMatter Experts (SMEs) with a deeper understanding of how a business operatescombined with strong technical skills, have reemerged in importance.To finish this off, here is a short list of some of the more important events for each yearThe InSource Group has been in business. We hope you enjoy the trip as much as wehave.1992 – Ross Perot Sr., founder of EDS announces his presidential candidacy as anindependent candidate, with most of the country still asking, “What’s the World WideWeb?”1993 – Mosaic was the first graphical web browser released for browsing the internet.1994 – Yahoo is started as a personal list of sites by two Stanford college students, DavidFilo and Jerry Yang.1995 – The Java language introduced by Sun Microsystems and Amazon.com becomesoperational, while less than 27% of U.S. households own personal computers accordingto Dataquest.1996 – The average modem transfers data at 14,400 bps and “dial up” is still thedominate method of connecting to the internet.1997 – Personal computer ownership in U.S. households rises to 43%.1998 – Windows 98 OS released by Microsoft.1999 – Craigslist’s website is incorporated, the original version of Napster’s file sharingsoftware debuts, and the Melissa email virus is unleashed.2000 – The Internet bubble peaks on March 10th, and the NASDAQ and other marketsbegin their yearlong downward spiral.2001 – Wikipedia debuts and the Apple iPod is released.
  4. 4. 2002 – The Blackberry smartphone by RIM is introduced supporting email and webbrowsing.2003 – Apple iTunes store opens while 67% of users who download music from theinternet say they do not care whether the music is copyrighted or not.2004 – Facebook is started by Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg, Google files for theirIPO and the number one word of the year based on on-line lookup according to Merriam– Webster’s was “blog.”2005 – YouTube is founded and Google Earth is launched.2006 – The social networking service Twitter is founded and the first Sony e-book readeris released.2007 – The first Apple iPhone was released and the smart phone frenzy accelerates. Isthere anything else worth talking about?2008 – Microsoft offers to buy Yahoo for $44.6 billion and the PC mouse turns 40 yearsold.2009 – The Internet turns 40 years old, and almost 1/3 of the world’s population issurfing the internet.2010 – The Apple iPad was introduced and Bill Gates was quoted, “It is a nice reader butthere is nothing on the iPad I look at and say Oh, I wish Microsoft had done that”.Uhhhh Bill, would you like to take that statement back?2011 – On aggregate, healthcare information technology combined with advances inmedical device technology opens up a whole new area for information technologyinnovation.Wayne RampeyVice PresidentAbout The Insource GroupThe InSource Group is a software-product development, technical consulting and ITstaffing and recruitment company that provides a complete spectrum of flexible solutionsfor IT staffing needs, including contract, contract-to-hire and direct hire options. Moreinformation on IT recruiters in Dallas and IT jobs in Dallas, Tx can be found athttp://www.insourcegroup.com/