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Mark Gilbert
Mark Gilbert
Mark has been involved in EDA recruiting for over 18 years. He is Founder and President of EDA Careers, but started his career in EDA as executive Vice President at EDA Jobs. Mark was also VP of Marketing and Business Development in the beginning of the Internet revolution and has been a … More »

Silicon Valley Is Full Of S…..EDA Consortium Reports More Good News…Heading to ARM…

November 7th, 2013 by Mark Gilbert

Yes, Silicon Valley is full of shows.  It seemingly has one every other week for something TECH and certainly a lot of them are in our domain. Clearly some are better or more relevant than others; I would argue that the ARM show is one of the better, smaller regional shows for our business.  The roster of exhibitors is impressive and I have talked to quite a few decision makers who said they are going, even if they are not exhibiting. For me, it is a chance to catch up and hear the latest goings–on in the biz as well as hopefully find a few new job requisitions.  While webinars are picking up steam and are proving to be a cost effective method to deliver a company’s message or to accomplish various cost saving information disseminating goals, it simply cannot take the place of a good old fashion meet and greet that trade shows provide.  Perhaps trade shows are analogous to a texting relationship…texting can do what it is suppose to: communicate easily and quickly, saving time and effort. Clearly, texting is not even close to a face-to-face engagement.  Meetings or communication in person will always excel over the new forms of less personal communication and for this reason, almost by itself, trade shows are central to a companies ability to present by making it personal.  In addition, they also give me the chance to wear my trademark WHITE sport coat, which translates so much better at a tradeshow than it does on line.

I have several client meetings set-up while in the Valley outside the show as well.  I am told it is getting harder and harder to find the right types of candidates.  Companies continue to be pickier than ever and as I have said before, in some cases, stifle accomplishing the needs that led to the desire to hire in the first place.  I expect to leave with several new jobs and will talk more about what I learn in my meetings in my next column.

The EDA Consortium (EDAC) released Q2 numbers and they were good, but not necessarily overly impressive.  The Consortium announced that the Electronic Design Automation (ummm…EDA) industry revenue increased 3.8 percent for Q2 13 to $1653.4 million compared to $1593.0 million in Q2 12. Sequential EDA revenue for Q2 13 decreased 0.9 percent compared to Q1 13.  The four-quarters moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters, and which I think is the most significant gauge as it shows a more complete picture, increased by 5.3 percent. Companies that were tracked employed 29,304 professionals in Q2 13, an increase of 3.9 percent compared to the 28,205 people employed in Q2 12 but down 0.2 percent compared to Q1 13.  Obviously I need to place a few more people to help out the consortium’s numbers, so please hurry and call me.

*Source EDA Consortium

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