Friday Mar 01, 2013

Are You Ready for the Brave New Cloud World?

Cloud computing is being embraced by more organizations worldwide, both large and small.  As growth predictions emerge, we're seeing a clearer picture about what the near future of IT will look like.

•   Market Trends says that Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud-based business application services will grow from $13.4 billion in 2011 to $32.2 billion in 2016, a five-year CAGR of 19.1%.

•    Gartner is predicting Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), cloud management & security devices and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) are growing from $7.6B in 2011 to $35.5B in 2016, a CAGR of 36%. 


Impact of Cloud on Jobs

Despite this tremendous growth, finding IT professionals with the right skills is proving to be a challenge for hiring managers. Here are some more stats to wrap your head around:

According to IDC:

- “Cloud-related skills represent virtually all of the growth opportunities in IT worldwide and will grow by 26% annually through 2015.” 

- “ …IT managers consistently report that while the  economy represents a challenge to filling cloud-related positions, finding applicants with the appropriate expertise, certification or training is a much bigger issue.”  

So even though you might not feel an immediate need to become a cloud expert, given these trends, it's a good idea to start thinking about developing skills that will be in demand in the near future.

Developing Cloud-Ready Skills

So which skill areas do you need to develop to position yourself for success in this brave new cloud world? 

•   Enterprise architecture – Becoming an expert to drive the design and implementation for the cloud solution will be a must.

•   Application development – In a cloud world, this means knowing how to build high performing, cloud-enabled applications that can be accessed from anywhere, at any time.

•   System administration – This role is definitely not going away, but it's definitely evolving from its traditional sense. The new focus will be on network, OS, virtualization and application administration.   

•    Network security – Security is named as one of the top concerns with cloud. Securing the cloud network will be a key area where resources will be required.

•    Data integration and analysis – Cloud is helping to create a data explosion that requires expertise in designing and managing analytical systems and processes that have big data in mind.

•    Project management - Given the complexity that comes with cloud transformations, possessing solid project management skills will be critical.

Is Oracle Cloud on Your Horizon?

If your organization is considering a transition to Oracle Cloud products or services, then it would be logical to consider training for Java development and architecture, OS administration and virtualization, to name a few. We also recommend exploring training on Oracle's cloud technology to give yourself an edge in an ever-changing IT marketplace.

Which Skills Are Critical for the Cloud-Enabled World?

In the face of all of these changes, which other skills are essential for organizations to have on staff to support a successful cloud transformation? 

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

-Kate, Oracle University Market Development Manager

Wednesday Jan 16, 2013

What Are the Hottest IT Skills in 2013?

New Year, New Skills

The start of a new year is the perfect time to take a step back and think about where you want to go in the next 365 days, both personally and professionally. Here at Oracle University, we can’t really help you with the personal resolutions; however, if you’re thinking about a career change or want to position yourself for success within your company, then we can definitely lend a hand.  

Having the right skills on your resume at the right time can be critical to your success.  Below, check out the hottest IT skills that will help you gain an edge in the marketplace in 2013.

Get Your Head in the Cloud

It should come as no surprise that “Cloud” is one of the hottest buzz words in the tech world right now.  And with that popularity comes an increased demand for the skills that will help organizations make the move to the cloud.Investing in cloud training in 2013 will expand your skill set to include cloud deployment and implementation, making you a more marketable candidate for potential jobs. Beyond the cloud, you should be thinking Big Data/Analytics and Java/Mobile Application Development.But remember, just getting the technical skills alone isn’t all you need to widen your career prospects and potentially increase your salary.  Rich Milgram, CEO of career network Beyond, put it this way: 

“Learning a technology is the easy part. Having the mindset to apply it, having the mindset and logic process it, being thorough and detail-oriented while doing so, these are the critical skills.”

The Industry’s Top Skills and Top Jobs Compiled

Around this time of year, many industry publications and career sites run surveys that indicate which jobs or skills are hot.  These lists are a great place to start when considering which skills you want to develop and put into practice in 2013.   

1. Programming and Application Development
2. Project Management
3. Help Desk/Technical Support
4. Security
5. Business Intelligence/Analytics
6. Cloud/SaaS
7. Virtualization
8. Networking
9. Mobile Applications and Device Management
10. Data Center

Careerbuilder: Top Jobs in 2013

1. Software Developers
2. Systems Analysts
3. Network and System Administrators
4. Information Security Analysts
5. Computer Programmers
6. Database Administrators

CyberCoders: Top Technical Skills and Associated Job Types of 2013

1. JSON / Web Developer
2. Objective-C / Mobile Developer
3. Saas/Software / Engineer, Developer
4. Cloud / Cloud Engineer, Developer
5. XCode / Mobile Developer
6. SharePoint / Developer
7. ERP / Account Manager, Analyst
8. HTML 5 / Front End Developer
9. T-SQL / Data Analyst
10. iOS / Developer

Build Your 2013 Training Plan

Kicking off 2013 by developing a new technical skill is a great way to set the tone for the year. Start building your training plan for 2013 through Oracle University  by exploring Oracle Cloud Training, Java Application Development Training and Business Intelligence Training to give yourself the edge you need in a competitive marketplace.

Which IT skills would you like to improve upon in 2013? We would love to hear from you. Let us know in the comments section.

-Kate, Oracle University Market Development Manager
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