The enterprise IT ecosystem has continued to rapidly evolve in 2018, as organizations adapt to seize new opportunities and face new challenges. The major overarching trends of mobile, cloud and Big Data continue to mature and revolutionize enterprise technology, while emerging technologies such as IoT, blockchain and AI begin to make their impact felt in some industries. Meanwhile, data security is in the limelight, as the GDPR is implemented in the EU and numerous organizations reel from high-profile security breaches. In order to contend with these challenges and opportunities, large organizations are eager for IT help in these areas. Here are the top 4 in-demand enterprise IT skills for 2018.
As we often talk about on this blog, the shift to the cloud continues to be a primary driver in enterprise IT. According to a report by McKinsey’s Silicon Valley group, the number of companies using traditional IT infrastructure dropped from 77% in 2015 to 43% in 2018 and will continue to fall in the coming years as more companies switch from in-house server architecture to cloud solutions. As enterprises make this shift to cloud-based applications and services, migration challenges are among the top constraints, and professionals who can oversee migration projects in an organized and secure way are critical for success.
Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure continue to dominate as cloud providers, with Google Cloud Platform and IBM Softlayer carving out smaller portions of the market. IT professionals with AWS and/or Azure certifications experience are in-demand. Other sought-after cloud skills for enterprises include virtualization skills in AWS, Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware, experience with DevOps, servers computing and containers, IPv6 and the entire cloud stack.
In 2018, mobile devices are now the primary method used globally to access the Web, surpassing desktops and laptops, and mobile use continues to soar and drive IT trends. According to a report from mobile app measurement firm App Annie, total time spent in Android apps increased 40% year over year in 2017. As enterprises have realized that primary customer interaction points are on mobile devices, mobile application developers have been in high demand, which is only increasing in 2018. Developers fluent in multiple programming languages such as Java, HTML5, Objective-C, C++, C#, Python and Swift, and with skills in UX and UI design, provide the greatest value to the enterprise.
While mobility presents a number of opportunities for competitive advantage for businesses of all sizes, especially in freeing up workforces to coordinate remotely, it also comes with its challenges. The Calero Managed Mobility Services (MMS) solution covers everything mobile, from strategy development, ordering devices, configuration, deployment, support and expense management, to managing services and securing retired devices when employees leave.
It seems that nearly every day we hear a new report about a large security breach or hacking incident. Like previous years, 2017 had its fair share of large cybersecurity disasters, and these data breaches can be newsworthy and costly for companies to recover from. Organizations need to ensure they protect the data they collect, especially in sensitive areas such as healthcare. Cybersecurity professionals have already been among the most in-demand in IT, and that demand is growing in light of new regulation, high-profile hacking cases and increasing techniques and attacks by bad actors.
The rise of Big Data is impacting every industry, empowering organizations who can process, analyze and utilize data to drive better business decision making and exploit new opportunities. With more and more data being collected from more sources on ever-faster machines and processed by increasingly sophisticated tools, to the growth of machine learning and artificial intelligence, the importance of data and its possibilities to the enterprise only continues to grow. Competitive advantage belongs to those businesses able to glean actionable insights from data to solve problems, save time and money, develop new products and make smart decisions.
Much of this data will live in the cloud, as Forrester expects 50% of enterprises to embrace a public-cloud-first policy in 2018 for data and analytics. Understandably, professionals skilled in data and analytics continue to be highly in-demand, and data-related roles are growing significantly. Data scientists are becoming a key component in many industries, while the demand for data engineers to ensure data quality is growing.
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