December 20, 2016

What are the top 5 desired IT skill sets for 2017?

By the end of 2017, research firm IDC predicts that two-thirds of CEOs of the global 2000 enterprises will have digital transformation at the center of their corporate strategies. The firm’s market spotlight reported that IT employment worldwide will grow approximately 4% annually between 2015 and 2020. Overall, the demand for IT skills and experience is expected to exceed supply — but only for the right skill set.

Given these trends, what skills do IT professionals need?

Varied IT Skills Sought

Most IT departments no longer operate as an island but rather as an integrated unit of the entire business. Organizations are looking for IT professionals with a combination of technical and business skills, like project management and communication, problem-solving and creative-thinking capabilities; design and presentation knowledge. Today’s IT staff also needs a willingness to continually learn and keep abreast of the latest technology trends, including cybersecurity, cloud, big data, mobility, IoT, and more.

In 2016, according to Robert Half Technology, compensation is expected to rise 8% to 9% for those who have experience with SharePoint, virtualization, Microsoft SQL Server and Cisco network administration, .NET, PHP, Java and C#. IT certifications will also command a higher pay rate, such as Cisco CCNA, Cisco CCNP, Microsoft MCP, and Microsoft MCITP.

Top 5 Desired Skill Sets

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  1. Cloud Computing: IDC reports that by 2018, at least half of IT spending will be cloud-based. The cloud will also represent 60% of all spending in IT infrastructure and 60-70% of all software, services, and technology by 2020.
  2. Web Development: Double-digit growth is expected to ensure the uptime and safety of websites.
  3. Enterprise Architecture and Database Management: There is a continued desire for workers who have a knowledge of how to build uniformity into architecture using industry standards and frameworks. Database experience with Oracle, SQL, DB2 and Hadoop is also in high demand.
  4. Data and Analytics Finesse and Management: Big Data poses a challenge for all companies who need to use this data to make critical business decisions. Data analytics expertise combined with business savvy are highly desired to manage, interpret, and package data for analysis and present results and conclusions. These Data Scientists are in high demand but are scarce – according to an MIT survey, 43% of companies report their lack of appropriate analytical skills as a key challenge.
  5. Cybersecurity: The shortage of experienced cybersecurity professionals has been well documented. Cybersecurity was named as the second most frequently cited project initiative, according to Computerworld’s Forecast 2016 survey. The survey also reported that half of the organizations polled expect to increase spending on security technologies in the next 12 months. Security skills for vendors such as Palo Alto, IBM QRadar, Trend Micro and others should see a sharp rise.

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