The entire IT field, from its employees to the products it develops, is perceived as a field of innovation and excellence from the outside. As any outside view, it offers a superficial view of the facts. This is why we, the ones who are at the heart of the problem, substitute exclusiveness and innovation with a more balanced view. Yes! IT is the cherry on top of the cake, the field which adds new functionality to traditional fields. Actually, it is a facilitator, a tool which helps all fields develop more easily. One good example is the development of IOT which does not normally require a high processing power, but which has the great advantage of inter-connectivity with sensors, which provide information from the environment and which control processes. Therefore, IT innovation is a symbiosis with domains such as agriculture, material handling, construction work ... . Perhaps developers should not become experts in the fields aforementioned, but in order to develop the next generation of interconnected applications, more consideration should be given to areas which many have unrightfully deemed obsolete or unimportant. I was recently reading about a furniture manufacturer and a farmer who cannot find staff to work for a given amount of money. The reasons for this situation must not be sought in the economic and socio-political context of our country, which is at hand, but in the long-term lack of vision of entrepreneurs or in giving up on solutions meant to increase the quality and productivity of these fields in a couple of years, so that a market advantage can be generated. As long as the training and experience of employees are placed on a second position, in favor of employees who are willing to work for less, progress cannot be made. Two or three years ago - if you recall - many software companies used to complain that the salaries are too high and that the salary growth cannot be sustained. Today, given that each IT company seeks to hire at least 100 developers, nobody complains about high salaries anymore. Why? Perhaps this is because there is a change in the perception of productivity, given that the employee maturity and experience have grown considerably. People can work in production, without the need to have the local team supervised by software architects and external managers, as was the case 10 years ago. Of course, this doesn't mean that the price/quality ratio is not on company radar, but the way in which knowledge is used has changed. The conclusion I reached is that innovation must not be perceived as an abstract concept or as a purpose in its own right, but as a process of adapting to an ever-changing reality.
One of the topics in this issue is Agile technologies. Agile: Adapting to Change is one of the papers which, starting from Dilts' pyramid analyzes the levels neede to understand this methodology. Another paper on this topic, The seven sins of Scrum, draws the attention towards the possible pain points of applying this methodology. As we draw nearer to the annual conference organized by TSM, IT Days, we introduced two interviews with some of the main speakers this year, interviews which focus on artificial intelligence and testing. Moreover, we published a preview of the entire. The second topic tackled in this issue refers to front end technologies. A paper dealing with the same topic, proposes an analysis and an improvement of front end code in Let's be honest about frontend code. Moreover, an increasingly popular framework is described in Laravel is still the future of PHP. IT recruitment is a hot field, which a Romanian startup analyzed and helped improve: _Shaqo Doon. The ones who would like to get more information about the secrets of a successful hiring interview can find them in The IT recruitment process. At the end, we invite you to read about one of Gogu's adventures!
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