10. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) enable IT to keep pace with technology changes - A MOOC is a web-based class environment aimed at large-scale global participation and open access via the Internet. MOOCs have been dubbed a potentially disruptive technology trend (especially for traditional higher education). As these courses gain traction, future employees, engineers and researchers will receive a significant portion of their education through MOOCs and associated digital learning methods and tools. In 2014 this new trend will enable IT organisations to evolve their skill sets and ultimately keep pace more effectively with technology changes. Specifically, MOOCs will help IT ramp up quickly with analytics, mobile development, and agile methodologies to help with big data, consumerization, and DevOps.
David Neo is Vice President, Systems Engineering, Asia Pacific & Japan, Riverbed Technology.
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