Friday Apr 04, 2014

2014 Looks Bright for Oracle DBAs, Developers and Analysts

We know it.  You know it.  The IT landscape is going through a lot of change. As a result, hiring managers are on the hunt for new talent who can support this transformation.

According to a recent survey by Robert Half International, CIOs are more optimistic about hiring in 2014 than they were in 2013.


Source: Robert Half International

This is good news, especially for individuals who have the skills that hiring managers are seeking.  

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for DBAs to grow 15 percent between 2012 and 2022; Oracle DBAs in particular appear to be well positioned. 

John Reed of Robert Half International observed that “the market for Oracle DBAs is strong right now and I would anticipate it would at least maintain that level if not increase in values over the next 12 to 18 months.”

Research from Foote Partners also supports the growth for DBAs as well as developers and analysts. David Foote stated that in 2014 “the winners will be database developers, architects, analysts and technical specialists, especially if they know Apache HBase, NoSQL or prescriptive tools and analytics.”

Cloud Architects, Solution Architects, Administrators & Integrators in High Demand

No surprise that demand continues to rise for cloud architects, solution architects, administrators and integrators.  And the growth of mobile devices continues to generate demand for experienced and certified mobile developers.

Salary trends in the US also support good growth for these hot jobs:


Take a closer look at what’s hot in some of these recent industry reports:

•    2014 Salary Guide from Robert Half International
•    8 hot IT skills for 2014
•    Which Tech Jobs Will Win, Which Will Lose in 2014
•    Increasing Demand for Oracle DBAs
•    8 Hot IT Jobs for 2014
•    Dice.com December 2013: Special Edition, Hiring Survey

•    Hot IT Job Skills in 2014: Mobile, Web Development and Big Data 

Oracle University Offers Flexible Training & Certification Options

If you're thinking about making a career change, now may be the time. Brush up your skills with Oracle training.

Short on time? Take advantage of the flexibility of Training On Demand or Self-Study Courses. To gain an edge in the job market, validate your expertise by studying to earn an Oracle Certification in Oracle Database, PL/SQL, SQL or Java.

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

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