Top 10 IT Skills in Demand for 2015
The technology industry is one of volatility, with continuous evolution and extinction of products, skill sets and job roles. You need to be aware of emerging trends and shifts in the tech industry; or wake to find your skills have gone the way of the dinosaur and your job role obsolete.
To stay relevant in 2015, we’ve complied the top 10 IT skills in demand, check it out:
1. Cloud Security
Security continues to be a main concern for businesses considering a migration to cloud. It is also a consideration that continues to be a top priority once companies have transitioned to cloud. In 2015, with the continued mass adoption of cloud, demand for professionals who can demonstrate cloud security skills will be high.
Following the recent high profile hacking of Sony and the US Military, businesses and governments are increasingly looking for professionals with the skills to counteract these cyber criminals. Up steps the ethical hacker, a professional “good guy” using the same tools and techniques criminals use to breach networks as a means to find better ways of keeping them out.
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Security is set to be a primary concern for businesses in 2015, and professionals with ethical hacking skills will be top of the list. EC-Councils renowned Certified Ethical Hacker course is a great way of developing those skills.
3. Data Science
Companies are beginning to leverage greater returns from big data with the help of 2014’s hottest professional, the data scientist. Combining a deep understanding of business with the ability to analyse, uncover and communicate patterns in data, the data scientist can find and address business problems.
Skills relating to data science are predicted to be among the hottest in 2015. This group of skills is in transition but traditionally combines knowledge of mathematics, statistics, programming and data analysis.
The mobile and desktop application market has exploded in recent years. Businesses looking to develop software for internal use or external sale rely on the development of secure applications. This protects the organisation from any number of threats arising from the release of flawed applications including class action lawsuits and data theft.
Therefore, the process of developing computer software that guards against the introduction of security vulnerabilities, known as secure coding, is a skill set vital to any organisation.
Companies looking to greater utilize server capacity, whether on premise or in the cloud, crave professionals with virtualization skills. Training and attaining the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification or VMWare’s Certified Professional 5 - Data Center Virtualization certification will help develop virtualization skills.
6. Data Management
Another skill set rising through the ranks in 2015, thanks to the big data phenomenon, is that of data management. It’s definition:
“The development and execution of architectures, policies, practices and procedures that properly manage the full data lifecycle needs of an enterprise."
Data management skills will be increasingly important to companies as they continue to derive insight from numerous data sources to create actionable business decisions.
7. Mobile Application Development
As businesses deploy more and more mobile applications for employees and applications, they are transitioning an increasing number of these applications to the cloud. Professionals with the skills to understand how all these pieces and processes fit together are of great value in the current market place.
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Microsoft’s MCSD certification track offer a series of avenues to develop and demonstrate these skills.
8. Enterprise Architecture
As the complexity of organisations increase, businesses are finding increasing value in the successful implementation of enterprise architecture. This has led to widespread adoption of enterprise architecture by business and an increase in demand architects.
The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) is a leading architecture now rumoured to be applied in 80% of Fortune 500 companies. Architects most in demand are those able to demonstrate TOGAF, specifically those that hold the related TOGAF certification.
As big data and cloud proliferate the market and every dawn sees a new mobile application, we are witnessing the growing popularity of NoSQL databases. Professionals with the skills to utilise, or indeed know when to avoid, NoSQL will offer flexibility, efficiency and agility within operations that companies with invaluable.
10. Network Penetration
Networks continue to fall under attack from cybercriminals across the globe, with 20% of small to medium sized businesses targeted in the last 12 months. For organisations looking to defend against these types of attack, professionals who can demonstrate network penetration skills continue to be of value.
The skills to utilise network properties like TCP/IP, ARP and ICMP to understand, map and expose vulnerable nodes is priceless.
Edward Jones is a Technical Writer working for Firebrand Training, a leading provider of accelerated IT certification and training. He writes across a series of topics including certification trends, emerging technology and industry news.
NetNumber: Time for a cloud-native transformation
NetNumber is accelerating the transition in the telecom industry to 5G as it starts a shift to cloud-native architecture to address the fast-paced demands of global subscribers and businesses.
NetNumber is offering the industry’s first cloud-native platform designed to ensure InterGENerational™ network performance addresses both the legacy and next-generation requirements of telecom networks.
“NetNumber has developed the industry’s most robust cloud-native, InterGENerational platform that addresses both the legacy and 5G requirements of telcos,” said Matt Rosenberg, Chief Revenue Officer of NetNumber.
The platform provides vertical and horizontal scale-out with low latency, coupled with a suite of data replication capabilities, which provide flexible architectural options that can evolve with the changing network over time.
“Cloud-based solutions from other vendors tend to be limited in terms of supporting particular network generations or protocols. We’ve created our latest platform TITAN.IUM to allow customers to take any generation of applications, any generation of legacy services and protocols and move them into the new world of cloud-native architecture,” said Rosenberg.
“This is a really important part for a carrier to harmonise their network, bring data services together, bring legacy with new together in order to make a more effective and efficient network, as well as reduce their cost as they scale forward,” he said.
Established in 1999, NetNumber has fostered a strong team environment that leverages the industry’s best skills to offer software solutions tailored for carriers of all dimensions. Based outside of Boston and with presence in over 20 countries, the company delivers a range of products that address all generations (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G) of network functions in the core network, deep rooted security products and services, STIR/ SHAKEN and set of options around data services in more than 90 countries.
Steeped in experience in building telecom solutions, software, protocol stacks, and integration of third party tools, the company’s development organisation has proven to supply to the industry with the most reliable and flexible solutions on the market.
“At NetNumber, we focus on our core competencies – we are dedicated to providing industry expertise in signaling, routing, security, subscriber management and data services. We provide customers a strong ROI through platform-based solutions that reduce Capex and Opex in the long-term,” commented Rosenberg.
Five reasons why customers choose NetNumber:
- Expertise - NetNumber has experts with deep knowledge in signaling/routing, security, and subscriber database management.
- Integration - An industry-first platform brings together domain services, applications, security, and global data services.
- Scale - NetNumber has the ability to seamlessly increase network efficiency using vertical and horizontal scaling.
- Speed - World-class solutions have the power to help companies create new service offerings and accelerate time to ROI.
- Savings - Customers enjoy significant savings in capex and opex, flexible deployment models, and investment protection.
NetNumber and Virgin Mobile MEA
“We're very proud of our partnership with Virgin Mobile MEA as they've taken the concept of the InterGENerational platform into their regional network strategy,” commented Rosenberg. “That’s accelerated how they develop exceptional services across the Middle East and Africa region.
“We work with them hand-in-hand to deliver multiple applications onto our platform which has enabled them to provide exceptional, advanced and innovative services to their customers across the Middle East, who demand high quality services.
“What they've really taken advantage of is scale. What I mean by that is they are putting multiple generations of applications and services onto the same platform and distributing that data across their network. That has resulted in an advantageous position of time to market and operational savings.
“Rather than having different applications for many different vendors that cause operational chaos, they've been able to consolidate that and reduce their operating costs by having everything on one common architecture. We’ve had a long-term relationship with Virgin Mobile in Saudi Arabia, and recently signed an agreement with Virgin Mobile in Kuwait.”
Rosenberg says that with these solutions, Virgin Mobile MEA can take advantage of getting to the market much quicker and faster—which is what today’s discerning customer demands.