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New Kingmakers and the Enterprise: On Purchasing, Technical Competence, Webification, $500k developer salaries, Developers Loving Marketers, and IoT

I was at SAP TechEd, recently, and we recorded this show about how Enterprise IT is changing. We discuss how the Web is changing the enterprise, from a cultural and technical perspective. The renaissance of technical competence, and the need to bring developers closer to the user. Marketing and Internet of Things are two fantastic opportunities for developers to make a difference to the companies they work for. Oh yeah I also talk to Raspberry Pi.

It’s nearly 20 minutes long, but well worth watching, in my opinion, if you want to understand RedMonk’s current take on the world.

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  1. A bird in hand. And given the number of spectacular failures per occasional success, most more experienced devs (and, frankly, anyone who has burnt midnight oil for multiple startups) have learned their lesson.

    Equity is fantastic–when offered in addition to salary–but no longer as a substitute.

    $500k developers…..I haven’t met one worth $500k in my lifetime. Then again, I’ve met few CEOs worth that.

    • $150 – $200K is the new base salary for software engineers out of Stanford into Twitter/Google/Facebook. So $400K to $500K is what we can expect to pay for “God-like” developers.

      Coda: Managers need to operate more as soccer managers or NFL coaches with one or more developers on their team paid quite a bit more that they are.

  2. James,

    Developers are influential for sure!. But, Are they King makers?. I doubt. May be they are king makers in Consumer IT, but definitely not Enterprise IT.

    In Enterprise IT, majority of the decisions are driven by cost/returns and that determines the technology that gets chosen for implemention. It is typically top-down, owned by procurement, general management, finance, etc. Often, Developers would get over-ruled.

    However, in Consumer IT/Internet Startups, Its largely driven by developers, as Technology is the competitive differentiator.

    • hey Balu, I appreciate your thoughts, but increasingly we see enterprises being forced to accommodate the reality of developer-led adoption. its really about web technology, rather than enterprise vs consumer.



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