Working in IT:
(My) past, (the) present and (your) future
Daniel Bryant (@taidevcouk)
IAT Ltd (@iatltd)
London Java Commun...
Me…
(My) past
My career on a single slide…
• 1990: Got my first computer (64k memory - booyah!)
• 2000: Undergrad Computing and IT
– Pla...
Personal career highlights
• Playing with cool tech daily
– And getting paid for it!

• Seeing my software used
• Travelli...
My “light bulb” moments…
• Large organisations (government) vs startups
• Contractors vs "permies"

• Getting involved in ...
My “match strike” moments…

• Learning the fundamentals
• Teaching / public speaking
• Taking risks
• Choosing to be “prof...
(The) present
Chief Technology Officer
• Quite a varied job
– Development
– Architecture
– Operations
– QA / Support
– Team Leading
– Pr...
The current state of programming…

Reference: bit.ly/1hCpwCO
Java is dead, long live Java!
(Your) future
What are the “cool cats” doing?
Strong foundations for the future…

• Fundamentals
– Craftsmanship
– Team work
– “Generalising specialists”
– DevOps (Clou...
If I had to gamble…
• IoT and M2M
– The next disruptive tech

• Big Data
– Math, statistics
– Machine Learning
– Programmi...
In Summary
A career is (maybe) for life… choose wisely
Learn from experience…
• Have a serious think about what you want to do

• Take action to gain experience
– Work experienc...
…and learn from others
• Engage with the community
– Join User Groups
– Talk to like-minded people
– www.meetup.com/London...
Thanks for listening
• Contact me:
– @taidevcouk
– www.linkedin.com/in/danielbryantuk

• ”Chuck Norris Doesn’t Do DevOps…”...
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KCL 2014 "Working in IT: (my) past, (the) present and (your) future"

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This is a 'career advice' talk that was given at King's College London in February 2014, that was produced by request after an interesting 'cross-polination' meeting between the industry people from the London Java Community (LJC) and London academics.

This presentation includes details about my career, some of the motivation for my choices, and then looks at the current state of the programming landscape. It concludes with my predictions for the future of a successful IT career, and recommends potential skills to learn for a productive (and fun) future.

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KCL 2014 "Working in IT: (my) past, (the) present and (your) future"

  1. 1. Working in IT: (My) past, (the) present and (your) future Daniel Bryant (@taidevcouk) IAT Ltd (@iatltd) London Java Community (@ljcjug)
  2. 2. Me…
  3. 3. (My) past
  4. 4. My career on a single slide… • 1990: Got my first computer (64k memory - booyah!) • 2000: Undergrad Computing and IT – Placement year working for UK Government • 2004: MSc Internet Computing • 2005: PhD Artificial Intelligence • 2008: Freelance Software Development – Worked for quite a few IT startups • 2013: Chief Technology Officer at IAT Ltd
  5. 5. Personal career highlights • Playing with cool tech daily – And getting paid for it! • Seeing my software used • Travelling the world • Visiting high-profile tech offices • Meeting amazing people! – Tech legends
  6. 6. My “light bulb” moments… • Large organisations (government) vs startups • Contractors vs "permies" • Getting involved in Open Source Software • Joining London Java Community – and other User Groups
  7. 7. My “match strike” moments… • Learning the fundamentals • Teaching / public speaking • Taking risks • Choosing to be “professional” • Leading a team
  8. 8. (The) present
  9. 9. Chief Technology Officer • Quite a varied job – Development – Architecture – Operations – QA / Support – Team Leading – Presales – Industry research – Evangelism www.fortuityconsulting.com/cto/web-chief-technology-officer-cto-job-description.html
  10. 10. The current state of programming… Reference: bit.ly/1hCpwCO
  11. 11. Java is dead, long live Java!
  12. 12. (Your) future
  13. 13. What are the “cool cats” doing?
  14. 14. Strong foundations for the future… • Fundamentals – Craftsmanship – Team work – “Generalising specialists” – DevOps (Cloud) • The rise of the “lean enterprise” – Business fundamentals – “Lean” thinking
  15. 15. If I had to gamble… • IoT and M2M – The next disruptive tech • Big Data – Math, statistics – Machine Learning – Programming (Java + Python) – DevOps (Cloud) – Infographic design – Storytelling
  16. 16. In Summary
  17. 17. A career is (maybe) for life… choose wisely
  18. 18. Learn from experience… • Have a serious think about what you want to do • Take action to gain experience – Work experience – Internships – Open source projects – Anything!! Software Craftsmanship: leanpub.com/socra
  19. 19. …and learn from others • Engage with the community – Join User Groups – Talk to like-minded people – www.meetup.com/Londonjavacommunity • Take part in hackdays – Take advantage of free teaching – The London tech scene is amazing • Find mentors – www.meetup.com/grad-dc
  20. 20. Thanks for listening • Contact me: – @taidevcouk – www.linkedin.com/in/danielbryantuk • ”Chuck Norris Doesn’t Do DevOps…” (7pm 13/03/14) – www.meetup.com/Londonjavacommunity/events/168168722 • Thanks to – LJC (www.meetup.com/Londonjavacommunity/) – www.recworks.co.uk & www.epoints.com

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