How not to lose your development job to outsourcing

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One of the biggest threats to developers today is the outsourcing and offshoring of their jobs. How can developers make themselves so valuable to an organization that outsourcing is no longer a threat? To be more precise, how can developers today add more value to their organizations so that if tomorrow they’re faced with having their job offshored, they can adapt and grow within their company?

This is an issue that I recently discussed with a friend, Brian Parkinson, who also happens to be the Vice President, Architecture at Toronto-based Algorithmics (an IBM Company).

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Toronto startup TrendSpottr uses big data to help brands stay ahead of the curve

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This post appears as part of our Leaders Series, conversations with tech and media leaders about influential trends and topics in their field. 

Big data is a popular theme in tech headlines this spring. In light of this, we asked ourselves: what’s new and interesting in Toronto’s big data scene?

In the headlines, big data search and monitoring company Splunk Inc. was the first company of its kind to release an IPO, and it did so with a bang – the stock surged 109% in the first 24 hours of its release. Google also dived deeper into the big data game, opening up its new SaaS-based data analysis service Bigquery to the general public.

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Meetup.com co-founder explains how a little website idea made it big

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In April, the gdR team attended SproutUp, Sprouter’s monthly social event for entrepreneurs, startups and Sprouter fans.

What I was most curious to see at the event was guest speaker Matt Meeker, who co-founded Meetup.com in 2002. Meeker’s tale of success was not without a few bumps in the road: blowing their first $15M of funding without much to show for it (!), stubbornly refusing investors (until eBay founder Pierre Omidyar asked if he could invest enough times that they finally accepted), and taking lots of flak from users when they moved from a free to a fee-based model.

Two things stuck out for me from his story.

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DevOps: Cloud catalyst and Sys Admin game-changer

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This post appears as part of our Leaders Series, conversations with tech and media leaders about influential trends and topics in their field. 

Andrew Trossman is a veteran of cloud computing. Currently Distinguished Engineer, Common Cloud Stack at IBM, he co-founded and was Director of R&D at Think Dynamics, a Toronto-based maker of automated server provisioning software, acquired by IBM in May 2003.

We picked Andrew’s brain about the cloud and its impact on the professional landscape. If there’s one clear lesson from our conversation, it’s that DevOps and Continuous Delivery is a crucial part of yielding maximum benefits from the cloud. But DevOps also reshapes certain professional roles central to the software development and deployment life cycle, especially today’s System Administrators.

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