Joby John talks about “ColdFusion in Biz (the Latest Trends in CF consulting)” in this episode of the CF Alive Podcast, with host Michaela Light.
- Episode Highlights
- Biz side of CF
- Hiring CF developers
- Training new people on CF – out of college or from other languages
- Versions used by their customers
- Why not the newest version?
- Why upgrade then?
- Scaling team
- New trends in frontends on top of CF
- CF growing
- Migrating away from CF?
- What versions are people migrating to
- Adobe partnership program
- Adobe CF certification program
- Why are you proud to use CF?
- WWIT to make CF more alive this year?
- What did you enjoy at CF Summit India?
- Mentioned in this episode
Biz side of CF
Hiring CF developers
- Attitude is key
- Skills can be learned
Training new people on CF – out of college or from other languages
Versions used by their customers
- Mostly CF 2016, some CF 2018
- Some even older versions
Why not the newest version?
- Cost of CF
- Cost of migration
Why upgrade then?
- Way better performance and security in CF 2018
- Double team size
- Fast to scale down in future too
- Knowledge transfer
New trends in frontends on top of CF
- jQuery to React or Angular
- Latest trends in tech
- Better UI
- CF backend
- Fashions in IT
- jQuery to React or Angular
- From smaller projects to enterprise projects
Migrating away from CF?
- No – Too costly to recode in other languages such as Python or Java
- CF scales well
What versions are people migrating to
- ACF to Railo or Lucee
- Only small projects
- Bigger customers more focused on the code base investment than server software cost
- Cloud licensing issue of ACF vs Lucee
- CF 2020 solves this for ACF
Adobe partnership program
Adobe CF certification program
- Coming to CF Summit India 2020
Why are you proud to use CF?
- The first customer we worked with was using ColdFusion to develop their web application and from there we worked with many customers who use ColdFusion. We were able to build a strong team of ColdFusion to help our customers from there
WWIT to make CF more alive this year?
- We are planning to hire more college freshmen this year and provide them ColdFusion training.
- Invite more non-Indian partners to the summit
- More college classes in CF – support for this.
What did you enjoy at CF Summit India?
- It was a pleasure to meet a lot of developers and talk to them. It was a pleasure to bring my ColdFusion team and they were so excited to see new trends in Coldfusion and see an active Coldfusion community in India
Mentioned in this episode
Joby John is CEO of Techversant Infotech, a 200 person consulting firm specializing in ColdFusion Technology based in Kerala, India and Alberta, Canada. He is a young and vibrant leader. He is responsible for corporate vision, strategy, business growth and total customer satisfaction.
- Email joby.john (at) techversantinfotech.com
Michaela Light (00:01):
Welcome back to the show. I'm here with Joby John from tech Versant and we're going to be talking about the business side of cold fusion and new trends in cold fusion. Um, welcome to the show. Joby. Hi Micheala and uh, just in case you don't know him. Um, he is CEO of tech first and Infotech and he, they have 200 people working there. They're a consulting firm that specializes in cold fusion and they're based in Corolla, India and Alberta, Canada. So, um, he's a young vibrant guy. Um, I met him at CF summit, India, um, end of last year and he's got a lot of interesting ideas around cold fusion. So, uh, let's maybe, um, start off by talking about hiring ColdFusion developers cause I know that's a topic of interest to both managers and coffee from developers. You know, what, what have you seen trend wise? Um, you know, hiring ColdFusion developers? Yeah. As you know,
Joby John (01:04):
base is not that great in Confucian even in India. But we, we always run a recruitment program throughout the year, like interviewing more people, always try to find more people because our customers need more cultivation developers. So, and another thing is that we used to have people who are interested to learn confusion, like having them from PHP or not and train them in cognition. Another thing is like we always hire like 10, 15 people, maybe sometimes 20 people from the college and train them in cultivation. So after like one to two years, like in a one year time they will be able to work on cold fusion projects from there. So we started doing it from uh, 2011. We started having people from college and also and now we were able to grow the team from there were very good number of team members in college.
Michaela Light (02:00):
How many ColdFusion developers do you have in the company then?
Joby John (02:04):
Uh, we have like almost 50% age of the team. Science is in cold fusion and the business side of it, like, uh, now we are into some other technologies, but two confusion was the technology that we focused from the start and the first customers was, uh, Wester was in cold fusion. And then from there we use, uh, focus more on the ColdFusion platform. So then we got a lot of customers and we are happy. The customers are still with us and every year we are adding few customers every year in costs.
Michaela Light (02:35):
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