FRAMINGHAM, 9 MARCH 2011 -What are the key challenges for your career? As we look across the IT career landscape there are a number of new challenges. The whole IPv6 migration issue has changed some job opportunities for example. Cloud computing offers to bring more IT jobs and security issues could change everyone’s job at some point. Here we take a look at some of the hot topics trending in the career world.
Across the board, the IT job market is showing promising signs of life, and IT pros that stayed in less-than-ideal jobs during the recession are jumping at a chance to move their careers forward. "The IT employment market has definitely improved and is continuing to improve every month and every quarter," says John Reed, executive director of Robert Half Technology. Of CIOs surveyed by the staffing firm, 11% said they plan to add IT staff in the current quarter, up from 9% in the fourth quarter of 2010.
Timothy Winters, senior manager at the University of New Hampshire's Interoperability Laboratory, gets calls every week from headhunters looking to hire network engineers, network architects and software developers with experience in IPv6, the looming upgrade to the Internet's main communications protocol.
Will there be a jobless recovery for IT in 2011? That's the most important career-related issue facing IT executives today, as they make staffing decisions for next year while also worrying about their own job prospects amid a steady stream of corporate downsizing and off shoring announcements. Ask any IT pro who is out of work right now, and the answer to this question is a resounding yes. They'll point out that more IT infrastructure and support jobs are being outsourced, and that it's harder than ever to find full-time employment.
Cloud computing demands a mix of technology skills, negotiating skills, business acumen and people skills. Here are 10 key skills that can help boost your career into the clouds.
Dave Dime, service delivery network operations manager at Ford Motor (F) has a mouthful of a title. And while the word "cloud" isn't part of it, it might as well be. The service delivery network, what Dime calls a cloud, provides a way for Ford to mesh data from external vendors and information stored within the enterprise for delivery in real time to users of Sync, an in-vehicle communications and entertainment system. For Dime, the cloud model has opened new career opportunities.
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