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      Tech Talent: Meeting the Needs of an Evolving IT Profession

      The IT talent landscape is more complex than ever before, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      In this new report, INAP investigates what IT professionals involved in hiring decisions look for in today’s talent pool as infrastructure demands and priorities shift.

      The report explores the impact of the pandemic on staffing, asking:

      • How will the post-COVID world impact organizations’ tech needs?
      • How do organizations need to look at their IT talent strategy on the other side of the pandemic?
      • What skills are needed from current IT professionals and new graduates entering the workforce?

      Laura Vietmeyer


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      Tech Terms Through the Ages [Infographic]

      Can you imagine a world where “cyberspace” or “information superhighway” were the preferred terms over “internet”? Believe it or not, both words pre-date the latter by a several years. And fortunately, by the time junk-email became a thing 1986, we already had the ability to “unsubscribe,” which was a term first coined in 1981. It’s interesting to trace the origin of tech terms over the past several decades, and has made it easier than ever.

      Merriam-Webster’s Time Traveler tool, which was first unveiled in 2017, is making the rounds again on social media as users share the most entertaining words that debuted the year they were born. There is also some buzz around social distancing and socially distance, which were first seen in print in 2003 and 1984 respectively.

      Below, we’ve compiled a timeline of tech terms dating back to 1975. Merriam has dated these terms by “First Known Use,” noting that each term is dated by the earliest recorded use in English that their editors were able to discover.

      INAP Tech Words Through the Ages


      Laura Vietmeyer


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      The Tech Perfectionists’ Trap: Lessons Learned Polishing Rocks


      About the Talk

      A lightning talk featuring DigitalOcean CTO Barry Cooks from deploy, DigitalOcean’s virtual global conference.

      What You’ll Learn

      • Prioritizing key factors to adjust your decision making
      • The nuance of understanding your target customer while admitting you don’t really understand your target customer
      • Trade-offs between speed of development and completeness of the solution

      About the Presenter

      Barry Cooks is DigitalOcean’s Chief Technology Officer, where he oversees the company’s overall product direction and development and leads technology teams.

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