“By changing the face of traditional education and technology, we just may be able to quench the developer drought and move toward true empowerment and equality for all.” So says Sarah Franklin, EVP and GM of Trailhead and Developer Relations at Salesforce, in an editorial on building the workforce of the future written for CIO.

According to Forrester Research, there will be demand for 500,000 more developers in the next decade.  However, companies are experiencing a serious developer drought.

“Meanwhile, the equality gap is costing us massive amounts of untapped talent,” writes Franklin. “In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor, women make up only 18 percent of the tech workforce, while Hispanics and African Americans make up 2 percent and 1 percent, respectively.”

“This revolution hinges on changing the face of traditional education and traditional technology,” Franklin wrote.  Find out why Franklin believes that continuous learning that is affordable, gamified and accessible for all, and why lowering the barrier to entry for aspiring developers is a solution for the developer drought here.

 

Sarah Franklin is one of the experts  who will address the IT skills gap, low-code development  and new innovations from Salesforce at our TrailheaDX event, which takes place on March 28-29 in San Francisco.

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