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V S C Vt Software Forum

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A study of the Vermont Software Industry and it's current challenges.

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V S C Vt Software Forum

  1. 1. VSC Workforce & Business Development Network Software Development Industry Forum May 2007  Vermont State Colleges 2007
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>The Vermont State College Workforce and Business Development Network represents more than 40 full-time staff and trainers, plus an additional 40 to 50 part-time consultants focused on improving the bottom line of our partners. Every year, the network interacts with close to 18,000 Vermonters and provides 150,000 hours of instructional time. </li></ul><ul><li>A major component of VSC Workforce and Business Development Network mission is to support the development of the states and regions business and industry community through direct service and through the production of graduates trained to meet the workforce requirements necessary for continued economic growth in the state. </li></ul><ul><li>In March 2007, an Software Development Industry Workforce Advancement Forum sessions was conducted additional information was captured via one-on-one phone interviews. </li></ul><ul><li>The dialogue process included a review of current and future workforce requirements that can be met through the provision of quality degree, certificate, and training programs that produce well-trained and skilled graduates to support the growing Software Development sector needs of the state of Vermont. </li></ul><ul><li>In the coming months, the Vermont State College Workforce and Business Development Network will partner with the industry to determine specific advancement steps to enhance the future labor pool and to improve the efficiency of current employers. </li></ul><ul><li>Allan Rodgers </li></ul>
  3. 3. Software Industry Participants   <ul><li>Rick Lunt – Dynamic Business Solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Mike Bethel – Castleton State College </li></ul><ul><li>Craig Damon – VTC, Software Engineering and IT programs </li></ul><ul><li>Gerald Ghazi – Vermont HITEC, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Joe Golden – Green Mountain Linux </li></ul><ul><li>Chris Johnson – Technical Connections </li></ul><ul><li>Greg Brand – BlueHouse Group </li></ul><ul><li>David Parker – Dealer.com </li></ul><ul><li>Chris Marcus – CONIX Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Melissa Dever – Competitive Computing </li></ul><ul><li>Carl Lorentson – Renaissance Info. Systems </li></ul>
  4. 4. Overview <ul><li>This summary of findings contains a statistical analysis based on individual interviewee responses to direct questions, ensuing informal discussions, and conclusions drawn from the responses. </li></ul><ul><li>Each person who participated in the forum was assured that his/her comments would be treated in confidence, and that any quotations used in this summary would not be attributed to any specific respondent. </li></ul><ul><li>An analysis of responses is provided for each question, including a graph, data table, and/or representative respondent quotations. </li></ul><ul><li>Statistics are based on the total number of interviewees who offered opinions in response to each question. Percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number. </li></ul>Methodology <ul><li>Participants were asked a series of questions in a closed response format followed by a group discussion and closed confirmation to identify ways in which the college’s academic programs, career services, and corporate and professional programs could better serve local businesses and agencies. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data Collection Steps: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Question Review </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Individual Brainstorming of Answer: Individual Answer Written on Data Card </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Consideration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Individual Sample Answers </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Group Feedback – Open Discussion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Answer Conclusion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Individual Revision of Answer Written on Data Card </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Data Card Collection and Advance to Next Question </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Phone participants were asked the questions in a one on one interview. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Industry Challenges <ul><li>What are the top three challenges facing Vermont’s Software Development industry over the next three years? </li></ul>Analysis Q1. * Percentage is calculated by dividing the number of responses by the total number of participants responding to the question (n=11).
  6. 6. Industry Expansion <ul><li>How do you see your organization expanding over the next three years? </li></ul>Analysis * Percentage is calculated by dividing the number of responses by the total number of participants responding to the question (n=11). Q2.
  7. 7. Technological Challenges <ul><li>What are your organization’s top three operational challenges? </li></ul>Analysis * Percentage is calculated by dividing the number of responses by the total number of participants responding to the question (n=11). Q3.
  8. 8. Technological Challenges <ul><li>What are your organization’s top three information technology challenges? </li></ul>Analysis * Percentage is calculated by dividing the number of responses by the total number of participants responding to the question (n=11). Q4.
  9. 9. Technological Challenges <ul><li>What are the top three energy issues that are impacting your organizations competitive efforts? </li></ul>Analysis Q5. * Percentage is calculated by dividing the number of responses by the total number of participants responding to the question (n=11).
  10. 10. Employee Shortages <ul><li>What are your top three concerns with the region’s employment climate and its effect on the industry? </li></ul>Analysis Q6. * Percentage is calculated by dividing the number of responses by the total number of participants responding to the question (n=11).
  11. 11. Employee Shortages <ul><li>What are the top three job areas in which the industry is facing the most severe employee shortages? </li></ul>Analysis Q7. * Percentage is calculated by dividing the number of responses by the total number of participants responding to the question (n=11).
  12. 12. Labor Pool: Labor Level Candidates <ul><li>Do you anticipate industry in the region having a large enough pool of qualified software technical skill candidates from which to draw employees in the next 18 months? In the next 3 years? </li></ul>Analysis Q8. * Percentage is calculated by dividing the number of responses by the total number of participants responding to the question (n=10).
  13. 13. Labor Pool: Skilled Craftsman Candidates <ul><li>Do you anticipate industry in the region having a large enough pool of qualified computer hardware technician skilled candidates from which to draw employees in the next 18 months? In the next 3 years? </li></ul>Analysis Q9. * Percentage is calculated by dividing the number of responses by the total number of participants responding to the question (n=10).
  14. 14. Labor Pool: Technical Trade Candidates <ul><li>Do you anticipate industry in the region having a large enough pool of qualified network technician candidates from which to draw employees in the next 18 months? In the next 3 years? </li></ul>Analysis Q10. * Percentage is calculated by dividing the number of responses by the total number of participants responding to the question (n=10).
  15. 15. Labor Pool: Qualified Supervisory Candidates <ul><li>Do you anticipate industry in the region having a large enough pool of qualified supervisory-level candidates from which to draw employees in the next 18 months? In the next 3 years? </li></ul>Analysis Q11. * Percentage is calculated by dividing the number of responses by the total number of participants responding to the question (n=10).
  16. 16. Technological Challenges <ul><li>What top three areas of improvement are most important in helping technical skilled software development employees become more effective in their jobs? What degree or certification (s) do you feel are most important in a networking employee’s career development? </li></ul>Analysis * Percentage is calculated by dividing the number of responses by the total number of participants responding to the question (n=11). Q12.
  17. 17. Labor Pool: Qualified Supervisory Candidates <ul><li>Do you anticipate industry in the region having a large enough pool of qualified professional non-computer technical skilled candidates from which to draw employees in the next 18 months? In the next 3 years? </li></ul>Analysis Q13. * Percentage is calculated by dividing the number of responses by the total number of participants responding to the question (n=11).
  18. 18. Internships and Apprentice Program <ul><li>Do you feel that students should participate in internship / apprentice programs prior to graduating? </li></ul>Analysis Q14. * Percentage is calculated by dividing the number of responses by the total number of participants responding to the question (n=11).
  19. 19. Internships and Apprentice Program <ul><li>Would your organization be willing to provide internships, apprenticeship or mentoring opportunities to VSC students ? </li></ul>Analysis * Percentage is calculated by dividing the number of responses by the total number of participants responding to the question (n=11). Q15.
  20. 20. Partnering <ul><li>What three areas do you believe that “partnering” with the college can improve your industry and your organization’s chances or success? </li></ul>Analysis * Percentage is calculated by dividing the number of responses by the total number of participants responding to the question (n=11). Q16.
  21. 21. About This Report <ul><li>This report was supported through a collaboration between the Vermont State Colleges, the State of Vermont and members of the Vermont software developer’s community. </li></ul><ul><li>For additional information or questions please contact: </li></ul><ul><li>Linda Rossi </li></ul><ul><li>Project Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic Projects and Business Development </li></ul><ul><li>Vermont Small Business Development Center </li></ul><ul><li>(802) 349-5546 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> - or – </li></ul><ul><li>Allan Rodgers </li></ul><ul><li>Director </li></ul><ul><li>VSC Workforce & Business Development Network </li></ul><ul><li>(802) 879 2389 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul> Vermont State Colleges 2007

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