Computerworld – 9 hot IT skills for 2012
Got this from Computerworld.com and thought that it’s worth sharing with you guys here. Year 2012 is coming closer and closer. Many of you may already get your annual bonus and some of you, perhaps, are planning on changing job. Don’t be shy. This is very normal.
Computerworld do an annual Forecast survey with IT executives in the U.S. This year they found that nearly 29% said they are going to increase IT staffing through summer. But they will not just hire anyone, and these 9 skills are said to be in demand.
1. Programming and Application Development
61% plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months, up from 44% in the 2010 survey.
This is not surprising. Many analysts believe that smartphone and tablet markets are still immature. There are still plenty of spaces where business firms can harvest revenue. Not only mobile application development, but also web application development skill are really needed as more and more businesses are moving to cloud computing.
According to Randy Bankes, associate director of IT at Lehigh Valley Health Network, mobile application development is especially hot in health care.
2. Project Management
44% plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months, up from 43% in the 2010 survey.
IT executives foresee many big IT projects coming next year, as business competition is heating up. They will need the best of the best project manager and business analysts to identify users’ requirements and summarize them into the way IT staffers can understand. Their roles in supervising the project, keep everything run smoothly and finished on time is very crucial as well.
3. Help Desk/Technical Support
35% plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months, down from 43% in the 2010 survey.
Help desk/IT Support staffers never die. You can’t expect all users to do their work without any technical problem, and managers do not have all day to spend fixing user problems. Skilled technical support staff will still be in need. However, the scope of work is not limited to just Windows/Linux or Mac OSX, but will include mobile OSes such as iOS and Android, too.
35% plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months, down from 38% in the 2010 survey.
However, it’s not just any computer networking skill. As you may already know, business firms are considering heavily about moving to the cloud. So, the skill especially needed here will be cloud computing and virtualization. People with VMware and Citrix (companies that specialize in virtualization and cloud computing) experience will be very popular.
5. Business Intelligence
23% plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months, up from 13% in the 2010 survey.
Some analysts expect the U.S. to face a economic slow down (or, worst, depression) in 2012. So, many business are focusing on cost savings. For that, they need a technology that allows them to make a better decisions. What could be better than Business Intelligence (BI) which can give them real-time data?
6. Data Center
18% plan to hire for this skill in 12 months, down from 21% in the 2010 survey.
Cloud computing and virtualization increases not just the need for networking skill, but also for people with data center operation and system integration skills. As things are moving to cloud, business firms have to make sure that they are disaster-proof. Experts in BCM (Business Continuity Management) will be sure in need to keep things run no matter what happens.
7. Web 2.0
18% plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months, up from 17% in the 2010 survey.
17% plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months, down from 32% in the 2010 survey.
Security skill still makes it up to rank #8 for 9 hot IT skills. However, I am amazed to know that only 17% of the respondants said they plan to hire people for this skill. Is it because they already have the best people around?
To me, the need for people with networking, data center and web 2.0 skills only means that we need people who are the best among the best in security field to prevent organization’s network from being targeted by hackers. Do not care about what the survey said, organizations should make security a top priority.
9% plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months, down from 17% in the 2010 survey.
Communication keeps business moving. Expenses for communications between countries in multi-national companies could be as high as several million dollars a year. To save cost, they are moving to VoIP (Voice over IP) technology. They need people who are expert in telecommunication, especially IP telephony skills, to help implementing the system.
One thing to keep in mind, this is just a result of a survey of 353 IT executives based in U.S. conducted by Computerworld. You can see a trend here, but before applying this find out with your organization, please consider the factors in the country your company is located first.