This is one of the last three podcasts we recorded at FOSDEM that I am releasing and it's with Ross Lawley who is a driver bod / Python genius / architect / evangelist at 10gen, top notch technologist, passionate about 10gen and the cause and gets Cloud inside and out.
We recorded this, as with other podcasts in Belgium deep in the bowels of the worst recording environment at ULB University so the quality although entirely acceptable isn't up to our usual broadcast quality. Still entirely listenable.
Come back next week I have recordings with John Mark Walker, venerable community director for Gluster at Red Hat as well as one of my oldest friends in Open Source.
Monday next week I am also recording an interview with Jon Maddog Hall, Free Software royalty so don't miss that, it could be our biggest ever download figure I'm sure.
You can now register your interest to attend the London Developer Day at London South Bank University that I talked about earlier this month, follow this link to the interest registration page and you will be contacted when the site goes live later this week.
It's promising already to have some of the leading lights in the Dev Space attending and it will be hugely beneficial to anyone looking into Cloud technologies, including OpenShift, JBoss, Gluster, OpenStack and RHEV / KVM virtualisation arenas.
I drove the 200+ mile round trip yesterday to our Farnborough offices for some meetings and to finalise a Cloud Security Webinar that we are doing globally tomorrow (read more about this later). Whilst there I met up with Jeremy Brown one of the shining lights of Red Hat EMEA. I have been really eager to get a microphone in front of him for weeks so this was an ideal opportunity to record a podcast.
Jeremy will be talking about JBoss, OpenShift and the cool things that we're working on in the UK as well as the latest and greatest releases from the JBoss release team. The challenges enterprises and corporates face and also everything PaaS.
I often get involved in resourcing the best candidates we can get for Red Hat. The cream of the crop get interviewed for available roles in our practices globally and we've built a reputation for trying our hardest to ensure we get the best people. Two colleagues who are both happily employed in different areas of virtualisation and Cloud have something in common with a lot of us in the tech world in that we're all approached on a regular basis by headhunters and recruitment consultants aiming to pry us away from our happy homes to pastures new. This led me this morning on the back of a conversation to do some homework looking at 65 Cloud specific roles advertised on three major job portals.
There are very few good recruiters out there that properly earn their commission, they do exist and they are worth their weight in gold and they know who they are. Many companies also now have talent management staff who also are an incredibly useful buffer. The rest of the market is seemingly populated by sales people who see recruitment no differently to, for example, telemarketing or selling photocopiers.
So looking at skillsets required in advertised roles it was a scary realisation that actually we are in a position where those with Open Source and Linux skills are far far more in demand than those in Windows / Azure / VMWare technology arenas. In 65 adverts I looked at 49 were predominantly Linux skillset based. Out of that 49, 16 also mentioned VMWare. The remaining 16 adverts were VMWare / Azure roles.
It just goes to show that the sensible money is on Open Cloud, not proprietary. So if you're thinking of a career change and you want to understand how you move forward in a new career or reskill to keep your resume current you know what you have to do.