The observation that “software is eating the world” has become a truism. Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen was early when he made his famous quip in 2011, but now most people get the drift. Digital technologies are transforming the design, development, and delivery of everything from movies to manufacturing to ride-sharing.
However, not enough has been said about what software means for workforce development. Waves of tech have been radically changing what workers do, yet neither the workforce system nor company human resource departments have adequately responded.
With digital technologies transforming firms’ talent needs, employers continue to say they are struggling to locate not just high-skill software and data professionals, but also digitally-literate line workers.