A new center of excellence in Tijuana by ITJ

A new Technology Center of Excellence in Tijuana

TIJUANA, Mexico August 2, 2022 ITJ opened its new Technology Center of Excellence in Tijuana, Mexico. The state-of-the-art facility will be home to the next generation of digital talent in Baja California, contributing to the growth of California’s innovation economy. 

For this milestone, the company gathered representatives of government and binational leaders. Mexico’s Consulate in San Diego, the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana, and Baja California State’s Secretariat of Economic Development and Innovation were among the guests. In addition, the World Trade Center San Diego, Tijuana EDC, San Diego EDC, U.S., and companies leading software development and biotech innovation in the region also attended the event. 

After achieving a company growth of 200%, folding its client base, and developing an efficient trainee program, ITJ is ready to boost efforts and continue empowering partners to deliver digital innovation that improves people’s lives. 

“We are blessed to be part of this thriving region. I am proud of our talented teams and thankful for our client’s trust during this time. This is a milestone for ITJ and our binational ecosystem,” said Maritza Diaz, ITJ’s CEO. 

The symbiosis between San Diego and Tijuana has been crucial to building a prominent mega-region and tech hub in the Life Sciences industry. To enable companies to become more competitive in mind, the new center integrates spaces for collaborative environments, scrum rooms, and more. The flexible workspaces, which occupy an entire floor, support a capacity of our employee target growth of 62% per year. The offices are fixed to encourage the creativity and efficiency of the team and support real-time collaboration with clients who leverage the location advantages of being 30 minutes driving distance from San Diego.

About ITJ

ITJ is devoted to serving fast-growing and high-value market sectors, particularly the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), working with innovative medical device companies looking to improve people’s lives. With a unique BOT (build, operate, and transfer) model that sources only the best digital talent available, ITJ enables companies in the U.S. to create technology centers of excellence in Mexico. For more information, visit www.itj.com.

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The future of software development talent

For over 10 years, software developers have been one of the most difficult professions to fill in the United States, so it’s no surprise that the developer shortage is poised to worsen, with fresh estimates predicting a 35% gap by 2025. Every industry in the U.S., including the technology industry and software engineering, has been affected by the labor crisis. Because of higher productivity and labor cost inflation of up to 3.5%, analysts from Insider predict salaries to expand by roughly 5% year over year by the end of 2022. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for everyone who is or wants to be a software developer.

So, what skills are being valued in the hiring processes of successful companies nowadays?

First of all, to know the fundamentals of building software, not only how to manage algorithms, but be familiar with operating systems, software packages, source, and executable coding; beyond that, mastering several key programming languages (Java, SQL, JavaScript, Python, Microsoft C#). But these are only the basics.

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Apart from knowing the fundamentals of software engineering and development, software developers might occasionally lose sight of the connection between product and business. For companies, it is extremely valuable the plus a candidate might present from acknowledging core business concepts, such as administration, sales, and marketing basics. As developers have a very clear understanding and connection to the product, some insights they can grasp and obtain are precious for content and sales strategy in companies.

Moreover, in the technology industry, digital talent longs for developers that are highly skilled. Some enterprises offer programs such as in-job training about the newest trends, but for being recruited the candidates must be up to par with the technological status quo and keep taking courses independently. 

Lastly, companies must look up for not only hard and striking abilities and licenses, but also search for soft skills as well. They are: Communication skills, logical thinking, troubleshooting, analytical skills, initiative, teamwork, adaptability, and writing skills. 

What to expect regarding salaries?

The contrast between salaries in the US and Mexico is palpable. The Great Resignation, the phenomenon that started in the fourth quarter of 2021 in the U.S., is now spreading the world affecting company costs and setting them to a maximum in terms of salaries, and software engineers are not an exception. For reference, according to the most recent Dice Tech Pay Report, the average technologist salary is $104,566, up 6.9% between 2020 and 2021, and this is not slowing down in 2022. For companies it is turning more and more expensive to hire the best talent.

Now, is much cheaper contracting Mexican talent. Mexico is flooded with top software development talent; more individuals now have the means and equipment to increase their knowledge as a consequence of the Mexican government’s recent infrastructure and educational upgrades. Between 2006 and 2012, the Mexican government created 120 tuition-free specialized technology institutions to demonstrate its commitment to addressing the country’s technological skills shortfall. In Mexico, about 160,000 engineers graduate each year. Mexico has become a powerhouse of software engineering expertise in Latin America, with a talent pool of over 700,000 engineers according to Forbes

ITJ is committed to investing in developing digital talent in Tijuana

Given the success of the first BootCamp organized by ITJ’s talent team, the company decided to launch a second edition. This second edition will be dedicated to those who are interested in the world of Software Testing and want to learn how to start coding software tests for web and mobile applications using Selenium and Appium. 

Software testing is one of the most important and fundamental activities in the development of a project since it enables the processes, work methods, and tools that guarantee the quality of any project. Aiming to create new talent, ITJ is offering mentorship and career development to young IT professionals in Mexico and Latin America through these intensive courses.

The Test Automation Bootcamp will be conducted entirely online, with the aim of having more participants who can reap its benefits. The two-day Bootcamp will launch on September 4th, 2021. The students will have nine hours of intensive course content with a fifteen-minute lunch break. 

It is important to remember that there are certain prerequisites for those who are interested in participating. If you are interested, then consider the following points: you will need to have knowledge of some programming language, basic knowledge of OOP, basic knowledge of HTML, CCS, and JavaScript. Also, you will need to have your laptop/PC already set up (the instructions will be shared). Both Windows or Mac can work. This is key since although the intention of the event is to train, the event requires some level of experience in software development. 

ITJ is aware of the great amount of talent that exists among young people. Bootcamps work as a tool that helps ITJ fulfill its mission: to build the next tech generation of young digital talent. That’s why the Test Automation Bootcamp is an outstanding opportunity to learn new skills, do some networking, and have the chance of being a prospect for a job in one of the fastest-growing tech companies in the US. 

During the event, participants will have the opportunity to be offered job interviews. These meetings will be conducted by Senior Managers. If you are interested in starting a career in technology and want to secure a bright future, you can start by being part of this great event. 

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.mx/e/test-automation-bootcamp-registration-167522461191