developer talent

How to win the war for developer talent

Though organizations are projected to pump $4.4 trillion into IT spending this year, the supply of developer talent has struggled to keep pace, and many companies are having a hard time hiring workers.

This is due to the fact that today’s top-performing developers understand their value and are increasingly asking for more money and better benefits when considering job offers. In addition to money and benefits, many are keenly interested in working for organizations that have strong company cultures and are committed to remote work. On top of that, developers want to work with organizations that empower them to reach their full potential every day. 

In a recent post on, Mattermost CTO Corey Hulen outlines three key tactics organizations can use to build a culture that attracts high-performing developers and win the war for talent.

1. Embrace open source technologies

While enterprises used to hesitate to use open source tooling, that’s no longer the case. In fact, many of today’s leading organizations rely heavily on open source technologies in part because the communities built up around them are often fantastic resources for developers. Not only can devs reach out to community members if they get stuck, they also get exposed to a number of techniques they can use to increase productivity on other tasks.

2. Streamline collaboration with purpose-built tools

In the age of remote work, perks like free food and ping pong tables no longer help organizations attract talent. If your goal is hiring software developers, it’s increasingly important to equip them with modern tools that help them work more efficiently with teammates scattered across the globe. To this end, organizations should invest in purpose-built developer collaboration platforms that are specifically designed to accelerate software delivery workflows across distributed teams.

3. Consolidate and integrate tools whenever you can

While giving your team the right tools is a step in the right direction, it’s not a panacea. Far too many developers today are still held back by fragmented tools, which cause them to waste a lot of productive time due to context switching. By investing in flexible tools that can connect with other solutions in your tech stack, you can overcome the tool fragmentation problem while automating workflows and eliminating repetitive tasks. This, in turn, enables your developers to spend more time doing what they do best: building powerful software solutions that delight your users.

To learn more about Corey’s thoughts on what you can do to win the war for developer talent, read the full article.

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Justin Reynolds is a Technology Community Specialist based in Connecticut who joined Mattermost in June 2017.