Employee Spotlight: Pradeep Arigue

Pradeep Arigue
Pradeep Arigue

Once the owner of a Quality Assurance business himself, Pradeep Arigue holds a Bachelors of Computer Applications, and has over 10 years’ experience in the industry. He first joined the IBS team in 2012 as a QA Analyst, eventually becoming QA Lead, and is now our QA Practice Manager.

Working onsite at client facilities in the US, Pradeep also manages the IBS offshore QA team based in Hyderabad India. When asked what he likes about working with IBS, Pradeep notes the work environment. “I love that there is always something new to learn. I consider myself very fortunate to work in a field that is always changing and growing with new technologies, capabilities and ideas.”

Initially from India, Pradeep first traveled to the US in 2014, making his 5th trip in September of 2018. Currently, he’s working with IBS’ insurance and finance clients, setting up their QA practices and creating automation proof of concepts.  When he’s not researching the latest technologies, Pradeep enjoys playing cricket and seeking out the new best Thai and Mexican restaurants he can find!

Increased Demand For Cyber-Security Talent

Increased Demand For Cyber-Security Talent

Cyber-crime is on the rise, and enterprises must safeguard themselves from data breeches and cyber-attacks so as to retain public trust.

According to a recent survey, demand for cyber-security talent is increasing. In fact, it’s the fastest growing priority for enterprises and IT leaders, up nearly 25% from 2017. Managing operational risks and compliance is increasing as well, no doubt in part to the recent roll out of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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AI Enhanced Automated Testing

AI Enhanced Automated Testing

We often here about AI and how it will transform and revolutionize technology and the IT industry. But we rarely hear of any concrete examples on how this will take shape. The World Quality Report, however, indicates that AI and machine learning technology could greatly impact mobile and software testing in the immediate future. Continue reading “AI Enhanced Automated Testing”

The State of the IT Staffing Market

The State of the IT Staffing Market

According to the 2018 Staffing Growth Assessment, the IT staffing industry generated roughly 59 Billion dollars back in 2016. The industry is projected to grow by 4% 2018, which would mean more money for everybody, right?

Not exactly. According to SIA the market is becoming increasingly complex and competitive. While it remains true that much of the market is driven by buyer demand for flexibility, scalibilty and reduced risks, the talent required just isn’t available. Skill shortages make it much more difficult for clients to find candidates they need. In addition, digital disruption and transformation has increased the need for more flexible, short term contracts.  Continue reading “The State of the IT Staffing Market”

Challenges Testing in Agile

Challenges Testing in Agile

Though a number of organizations and businesses have implemented some sort of QA practice into their development cycle, a large percentage of them still do not have a dedicated resource handling testing. This means they’re taking developers with a specialized skillset away from what they do best to focus on QA. While many organizations have incorporated agile into their development process, they have not done so in their QA process.  Continue reading “Challenges Testing in Agile”

Employers Prioritize Problem Solving Skills

Employers Prioritize Problem Solving Skills

Problem-solving skills are often cited an important qualification for position openings. This should come as no surprise, but what’s interesting is that was cited more often than technical skills. In this report from HackerRank, 94% of the IT employers surveyed consider problem solving skills a priority when hiring, while 55% mentioned programming proficiency. Debugging, system design and performance optimization ranked highly as well.

It should be noted that smaller companies do place more importance on program proficiency (or less importance on problem solving) than larger ones. One explanation is “the right knowledge of frameworks is more important for startups since they need to launch code quickly, and frameworks help developers push code faster.” See the report for the full analysis. 

Talent Shortage with JavaScript Frameworks

Talent Shortage with JavaScript Frameworks

According to a report from HackerRank the widest skill gap with IT talent plays out in JavaScript frameworks, particularly with React. More and more employers are seeking developers proficient in the framework, but the talent isn’t readily available just yet.

It should also be noted that AngularJS and Node.js are more heavily favored by developers. Spring and Django seem to gaining popularity with employers and developers alike but not quite as much as React. Visit HackerRank for the full breakdown.