The IT Pro Podcast: Why cool kids code with COBOL

Skills and development isn’t just about cloud - sometimes it’s about keeping legacy systems going too

Skills and training are a crucial element of running any business, but it’s especially critical when it comes to IT. It’s a running battle to just keep up with what’s needed to operate a company’s current tools, let alone developing proficiencies that will allow you to start expanding into new areas. 

In this week’s episode, we talk to Brad Mallard, CTO of Fujitsu Global, to find out how one of the world’s largest technology services providers trains and educates its staff. We discuss the e-learning tools that have helped make skills training fun and accessible, the gamification of professional development, up-skilling those already in the business and why learning COBOL gives young engineers a license to print money.

We also discuss the hackers who had a sudden attack of conscience, the latest blow in the video conferencing arms race, and whether or not the current crisis caught network security specialists with their pants down.

Footnotes

News

Troldesh hackers hang up their boots

Google Meet enters the free video conferencing fray

Network security plans found wanting in coronavirus outbreak

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