“Never has there been a greater need for people who not only understand concepts at work, but can put them into immediate practice to move the business.” – Nate Edwards, Vice President of AT&T University
Sophisticated, progressive technology is an indispensable necessity for any business that wishes to maintain relevancy in the modern global climate of rapid growth, innovation, and change. Companies must not only transform how they provide goods and services to consumers; they must transform internally as well. To be competitive, companies need extraordinary talent. Upskilling your workforce is one of the single most important projects your organization can undertake. AT&T, recognizing the critical importance of internal development, recently took some remarkable steps to upskill and transform its workforce.
Since its founding in 1885, AT&T has been no stranger to change. Because of its ability to embrace transformation, the company is even more relevant today than it was over a century ago. Its most recent evolution, from a telecom company to a full-fledged technology company, hinged on the upskilling of thousands of employees.
When Android development teams talk about being the best, what do they really mean? Did they hire the most talented developers, and what makes those developers so exceptional at their jobs? In some industries, we have rubrics to distinguish the qualified from the exceptional, but for the vast majority of engineering roles, there is no single unit of measurement to guide us as we build and train our teams.
Ask any engineering leader what the strongest indicator of a stand-out Android developer is and undoubtedly you will hear about her ability to learn new skills and grow alongside the rapidly changing landscape of mobile technology. Great developers are constantly evolving to meet the demands and business needs of their organizations, so how can you provide the resources your team needs to ship higher quality product more quickly and execute more efficiently?
Google’s dominance in the global marketplace continues to place Android at the forefront of mobile platforms and top of mind for companies trying to compete in the global econonmy. As demand for Android grows, so does the need for experienced developer teams who understand how to execute on the very latest releases from the platform. However, hiring top Android talent remains highly competitive. The good news is that building a team from scratch is not the only option.