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Bridge Bytes - 7 Hottest Tech Skills for IT Professionals

11 Sep 15:00 by Rebekah Lee

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With technology now being a constant presence in most of our daily lives (and the news), there’s no time like the present to get your tech skills up to date. Therefore, to make your life easier, we’ve compiled a list of the 7 hottest tech skills currently in demand.

1. Web Development

As the web continues to permeate every facet of our lives, with no intention of slowing down, consumers’ craving for innovative, enjoyable and user-friendly online experiences will only go on the up. As a result, expertise in responsive web design is becoming a top priority along with the development of sites able to adapt to the numerous screen sizes “smart” technology has provided us with.

2. Programming and Application Development

Companies are always on the lookout for talented developers to build new apps for a competitive edge as well as those who can support existing computer systems. Also, there is a growing demand for programmers with scripting languages such as SQL, Java and JavaScript being amongst the most popular in noteworthy tech domains.

3. Information Security

As cyber threats continue to upsurge in scope, frequency and sophistication, so does the need InfoSec specialists. Security is continuing to be a priority across all industries, so much so, many companies are increasing spending on cyber security technologies in order to prevent the exploitation of hackers.

4. Database Administration

The key for this data-centric role is to know the right platforms such as DBMS (database management systems). Widely used DBMs that should be on your radar include Oracle 12c, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, MySQL and PostgreSQL – all of which are globally recognised credentials. Therefore, a significant way to validate your database administration skills is to gain these certifications.

5. Big Data & Business Intelligence

A vital goal for many businesses at the moment is big data or as some may call it, data science. This involves analysing and extracting valuable insights from the massive caches of information that companies routinely collect. Once the data is broken down, there is then the need to go beyond the numbers. Companies require the tools and techniques to take action based on the finding of data analyses – this is where business intelligence comes in.

6. Cloud / Saas

Cloud migration, cloud security and cloud application development – all marketable cloud skills needed due to the proliferation of cloud-based business solutions shaping the future of IT. These skills are essential when it comes to Software as a service (SaaS), the software distribution model whereby third-part providers host on-demand applications that customers can access and manage via the internet.

7. IT Architecture

This skill can come under a variety of job titles, but it involves understanding and internalising an organisations mission and business goals, then developing an IT footing to meet these needs. The rising demand for this skill highlights the increasing importance of a cohesive IT strategy as organisations compete to adopt innovative technologies in emerging areas such as cloud computing and Internet of Things.