IT Pros – What Skills Do You Need to Succeed?

National Center for the Middle Market interviews Jim Bright with GTN Technical Staffing.
Thursday, 18 September 2014

If there is one industry that never gets "old" or feels mundane, it is the Information Technology business. It seems like every few months there is another new skill that must be learned in order to "survive" and thrive in today's new world of work.

In a study conducted earlier this year by Foote Partners, 500 IT managers honed in on the skills that may be needed in order to continue growing in your IT career. By examining these recognized areas of growth, you may be able to determine a focus for your own IT skills development over the coming months. A recent article published by Work Intelligent, "The 5 IT Skills Companies are Looking For Today", takes a closer look at the five most relevant and marketable skills for IT professionals today.

Network Security Management

Are you the type of IT pro that can manage a security team and interact with upper management when a security breach occurs? Today's businesses need to invest in heightened security measures that will counteract the latest Internet threats and they will be willing to pay for a highly skilled network security manager, but how do you learn the ropes? One way to get this training is by taking classes on network security practice at the SANS Institute. Another way is by signing up for a more intensive, five-day seminar of classes at the Holistic Information Security Practitioner Institute (HISPI).


Are you familiar with HBase? A surprising number of businesses have chosen to use Hadoop to help them navigate the ever-changing digital landscape, and having a solid knowledge of HBase has never been more relevant. In fact, this tool is up 7 percent in the past three months, an increase of more than 33 percent in just the past year. Where can you learn these IT skills? Cloudera has a sequence called "Certified Administrator for Apache Hadoop" and offers an HBase class within that, which can be taken "a la carte." A less expensive option might be searching online for HBase textbooks and other source materials.

NoSQL Database Technologies

Unless you're just out of school, chances are you don't know all of the NoSQL languages. One such language is MongoDB, an open source document database that has grown by ten percent over the past six months. Another NoSQL, known as Cassandra, has crept up in usage by 9 percent in the same period of time. In case you're not familiar, there are plenty of online tutorials available to help you get started with building data models. These tutorials will help you understand how these tools are used.

Data Visualization & Data Architecture

Big Data technologies have introduced a host of data-intensive strategies that many corporations are using, which has caused growth spurts over the past year. By spotting these trends and acting on them quickly, you can greatly increase your value as an employee. Look online to learn more about this trend and supplement your IT skills accordingly.

Whether you're an IT professional looking to boost your resume, or a business leader seeking new talent to help carry your business into the new world of work, these are just some of the skills you'll likely consider and want to add to your IT skills arsenal in the near future.

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