With technology ever-evolving, if IT Principals take their eyes off of the IT channel for even a moment they could find themselves behind their competition. Because of this, it is more important than ever for decision-makers to know what the current and possible future industry trends are.
In a recent ReadWrite article, John Paul Titlow examined which tech skills are in high demand for 2013 using surveys and data from several sources.
“If you promised yourself you were going to beef up your tech skills in 2013, now is the time to get moving,” wrote Titlow. “But where to start? With so many languages, platforms, protocols and other technologies, it’s hard to know what’s worth spending your limited free time to learn.”
Five of the top seven skills that Titlow encourages IT professionals to examine are some form of software development or programming. Whether it is Java and its related technologies, PHP Web script, iOS mobile or HTML5, coding and program creation are highly sought after.
The other two important skills stand on their own. The first should not be a surprise – cloud technology. Nearly every aspect of a business can be affected and improved with the incorporation of the cloud. File sharing, disaster backup and recovery, remote workforces and data access are just the tip of the iceberg of ways that cloud computing is increasing productivity.
Finally, proper management skills are crucial for IT principals to look for. With the rate at which technology is being implemented, it is becoming crucial for IT Principals to have a proper IT project management team. Ensuring that any deployment is kept on time and on budget can be a challenge, but having a point person who understands how to stay on track and the complexities of IT can be a godsend.