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  • Shifting code informational meeting. 12.19.11

    1. 1. Shifting Code Informational Session December 19 th , 2011 Companies Hiring Now
    2. 2. Donna Doleman VP Marketing, Communications, & Talent Ann Arbor SPARK Welcome to Shifting Code
    3. 3. Dr. Rose B. Bellanca President Washtenaw Community College Campus Welcome
    4. 4. SRT Solutions Compuware Switchback Commercial Progression TechReprieve Regional Employers
    5. 5. Bill Wagner, SRT Solutions Paul Czarnik, Compuware Talent Demands: Industry Perspective
    6. 6. Your Career is your Business
    7. 7. Invest in Yourself
    8. 8. Passion + Expertise
    9. 9. Creativity
    10. 10. Paul Czarnik Compuware Executive Vice-President Chief Technology Officer
    11. 11. We make sure the world’s most important technologies work well and deliver value. <ul><li>Fundamentals </li></ul><ul><li>$900M in revenue, long-term debt free </li></ul><ul><li>$200M operating cash flow expected in FY ’11 </li></ul><ul><li>Customers </li></ul><ul><li>7,100+ </li></ul><ul><li>46 of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies </li></ul><ul><li>12 of top 20 most-visited U.S. web sites </li></ul><ul><li>SaaS Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>$95.5M in SaaS revenue </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid start-up and payback for customers </li></ul>
    12. 12. Customers: Globally Distributed Application Environments: Collaborative New Devices: Proliferating Virtualization/Cloud Technologies: Exploding The Internet is mission-critical. Application visibility and optimization of the customer experience are more important than ever.
    13. 13. Our Concept of an Enterprise Application Has Changed <ul><li>Composite Application </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages: </li></ul><ul><li>Agility and Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Increased Uptime </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging User Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Shortened Learning Curve </li></ul><ul><li>Instant Feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Bandwidth Reduction </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on Core Competency </li></ul><ul><li>Shorter Development Cycle </li></ul><ul><li>Lower Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Higher Quality Outcomes </li></ul>SaaS Borderless Integration Composite Application (Modern Day) Data Internet PaaS IaaS
    14. 14. Inside-out/Outside-in Visibility End User (business or consumer) <ul><li>BUSINESS OPTIMIZATION </li></ul><ul><li>Real-time KPIs </li></ul><ul><li>See operational health </li></ul><ul><li>Proactive data for brand image and retention </li></ul><ul><li>CUSTOMER INTELLIGENCE </li></ul><ul><li>Real-time service usage </li></ul><ul><li>User behavior and trends </li></ul><ul><li>Discover emerging services </li></ul><ul><li>Identify new revenue opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>CUSTOMER DELIGHT </li></ul><ul><li>Real-time data center visibility </li></ul><ul><li>Insight into individual’s experience </li></ul><ul><li>Identify user problems and connection issues </li></ul><ul><li>COST & SERVICE MGMT </li></ul><ul><li>Real-time service quality </li></ul><ul><li>Data for network optimization </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and resolve problems proactively </li></ul><ul><li>SLAs for network and portals </li></ul>Operations End User Business Unit Executive Management Private Cloud Public Cloud
    15. 15. Optimize application performance across the enterprise and Internet Achieve visibility into investments, projects, products, applications and resources Maximize the value of investments in legacy systems Realize rapid ROI through experts and best practices Securely share applications and information Build better applications for the cloud
    16. 16. Who Uses Compuware? Media Entertainment Financial Services High Tech Retail Travel Government Other State of Michigan
    17. 17. <ul><li>Students are exiting from college with a substantial gap in the skills they need to succeed in development and design. Even students in the technical curriculums are often forced to make hasty career decisions, many times because of their student debt load. </li></ul><ul><li>Result: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>leaving Michigan/Detroit for higher pay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>taking tedious, unchallenging jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>missing entrepreneurial opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>struggling to transition from student to practitioner </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Web Designers / Developers HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript Java / J2EE / .NET Ruby on Rails / PHP Web-Services / AWS / Performance Archictects IOS / Android Native Developers PhoneGap / Titanium
    19. 19. [email_address]
    20. 20. Marty Byle, Switchback Types of Jobs in Software Industry
    21. 21. Mike Monan, TechReprieve, LLC Alex Fisher, Commercial Progression What Is A Software Developer? What is Drupal?
    22. 22. Introduction <ul><li>Alex Fisher - Commercial Progression </li></ul><ul><li>Mike Monan - TechReprieve </li></ul>
    23. 23. What’s a coder?
    24. 24. Defeating Common Stereotypes <ul><li>It’s drudgery! </li></ul><ul><li>Math is hard! </li></ul><ul><li>I don’t have an advanced degree! </li></ul>
    25. 25. What makes a good coder? <ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Aptitude for incessant learning </li></ul><ul><li>Analytical approach to problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Interpersonal skills </li></ul>
    26. 26. Is this you? <ul><li>In all aspects of our business, we are looking for problem solvers with the discipline to get it done and the awareness that they must continue to learn and improve. </li></ul>
    27. 27. Not you? Can you speak the language? <ul><li>Software businesses depend on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Design talent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content talent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Configuration talent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project management talent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sales and account management talent </li></ul></ul>
    28. 28. Who else is looking for coders? <ul><li>Small companies like us! </li></ul><ul><li>Big companies </li></ul><ul><li>Universities </li></ul><ul><li>Entertainment sites and movie studios </li></ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul><ul><li>Non-profits </li></ul>
    29. 29. What’s next? <ul><li>Get into Shifting Code! But even if you don’t, don’t worry! </li></ul><ul><li>Just try it, fail quickly , and ask questions! </li></ul><ul><li>Join the commuity at </li></ul><ul><li>Attend local meetups like Michigan Drupal: </li></ul>
    30. 30. Shifting Code: Statewide Initiative Amy Cell Senior VP, Talent Enhancement Michigan Economic Development Corporation
    31. 31. Michigan Economic Development Corporation IT/Software Industry <ul><li>High current demand for key IT skills </li></ul><ul><li>High future demand for key IT skills </li></ul><ul><li>High paying opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Startups need key IT talent </li></ul><ul><li>Michigan will attract expansion opportunities as other areas in the country also have a skills shortage </li></ul><ul><li>Many employers want skills first, degrees second </li></ul>
    32. 32. Training Options <ul><li>Four year degree programs </li></ul><ul><li>Two year degree programs </li></ul><ul><li>Non-credit courses (public, private) </li></ul><ul><li>Online programs </li></ul><ul><li>Apprentice type programs </li></ul><ul><li>Shifting Code </li></ul><ul><li>To learn more and be considered for all options as they become defined: Complete link at </li></ul>
    33. 33. Shifting Code <ul><li>Employer driven/supported </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>Hands-on projects/practicum </li></ul><ul><li>Short-term 2-4 months long </li></ul><ul><li>Additional application criteria </li></ul><ul><li>First one at SPARK/Drupal </li></ul><ul><li>Additional ones to be quickly developed and deployed </li></ul><ul><li>Updates will be provided on the website and sent out to people that register in our IT Talent Pool list </li></ul>
    34. 34. Dr. Britany Affolter-Caine Director, Talent Enhancement Ann Arbor SPARK Shifting Code: Program Details
    35. 35. <ul><li>Program Goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet employer demand for coding talent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet demand of talent pool for entry into software industry </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Program Design </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify qualified candidates to receive additional instruction and gain experience with regional employers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide regional employers with talented coders to meet current demand </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Candidate Profile </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic technical experience with a coding language (e.g., HTML, LAMP stack) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal attributes: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Initiative </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Analytical approach to problem solving </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interpersonal skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Aptitude for incessant learning) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    36. 36. <ul><li>Pilot program is 12 weeks - Starts week of January 23, 2012 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Month 1: Getting up to speed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Month 2: Applying skills to textbook problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Month 3: Applying skills to real-world coding projects with employers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hybrid instructional model – Face-to-Face & Online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Two evening sessions each week – two hours each </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Session 1: Instructional </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Session 2: Coding Lab </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Three Saturday sessions of eight hours each for project work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Homework between sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Independent and team projects/tasks/learning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Online support from employers/instructors and cohort members </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Post Shifting Code: Employment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Full-time job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paid internship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contract work/ projects </li></ul></ul>
    37. 37. <ul><li>Application Process: December 27, 2011 to January 5, 2012 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Submission of resume, cover letter, 2 recommendations, & completion of an online skills assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shifting Code team will review applications for the following criteria: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Basic technical experience with a coding language (e.g., HTML, LAMP stack) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personal attributes (i.e., flexibility, initiative, analytical approach to problem solving, interpersonal skills, and aptitude for incessant learning) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Selection Process: January 6-20, 2012 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Competitive candidates will be contacted by January 9, 2012 candidates for the interview process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews will be held between January 9-20, 2012 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Selected candidates will be contacted no later than January 20, 2012 for admission to the Shifting Code program </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Enrollment Process: Deadline – January 23, 2012 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Selected candidates will have until January 23, 2012 to confirm their enrollment into the Shifting Code Ann Arbor program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The fee for enrollment in the program is $100 – due on the first day of the program </li></ul></ul>
    38. 38. Neil Gudsen Program Manager CIS/BOS Washtenaw Community College Alternative Pathways: Software Industry
    39. 39. STUDENTS INP/CPS/CIS Internet & Proprietary Schools Sftr Dev Community Community College Non-Credit Classes Workforce Development Credit Classes Certificates/Associates Degrees Universities Transfer Degrees/Articulations Masters IT JOBS IT JOBS
    40. 40. <ul><li>Online Sites </li></ul><ul><li>User Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Six Months: </li></ul><ul><li>One Year: </li></ul><ul><li>Two Year: </li></ul><ul><li>MEDC </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shifting Gears </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Career Counseling </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Colleges & Universities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Financial Aid </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Advising </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Michigan Works! </li></ul></ul>
    41. 41. Thank You