This week in Network World there is a great article on Datacenter Transformation. The rapid transitions occurring require people to really understand (1) the basics of data center equipment, from power to cooling to IT, (2) the impact of changes on energy efficiency, cost, and data center uptime, and (3) what can be done to facilitate and manage these changes. Dave Cole has consolidated more than 20 years of experience into 18 hours of training that will allow you to understand how a data center works and specific steps you can take to improve energy efficiency, reduce costs, and improve operational efficiency in the data center. Everyone from a new data center manager to experienced professionals will benefit from this training.
Revenge of the nerds?!
A report ranking the best jobs in 2013 is chock full of IT roles, with database administrator, systems analyst, software developer and Web developer achieving rare air.
According to the recent U.S. News and World Report findings, reported on recently in InfoWorld, those positions took up nearly half the “top ten” spots on the list. Computer programmer, IT manager and systems administrator roles cracked the top 25.
The ranking of 100 jobs was based on the hiring demand using U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics findings and scored out through salary, job prospects, growth potential and other factors.
Though these factors don’t universally grade out at the high end for each and every IT job on the list (for example, IT manager roles rank high for stress level, but also top out on potential with a projected 18 percent employment growth rate in the next decade), the “in-your-face” presence of so many IT roles among the upper echelon of this list signals that, indeed, techies are in high demand these days.
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Source: CompTIA IT Career Blog
Are you old enough to remember when the IT department was made up of mainframe computers, and users had to file requests for reports they wanted? The IT department had “kingdom” control over information. The penetration of PCs into that arena caused a huge paradigm shift, as control shifted from the IT department to the user. With that came a new set of business rules, and the first signs of computer security as we know it today. Mind you, the mainframe never left the scene; its functionality shifted to tasks that were best suited for that environment instead of the overly dynamic environment of the user request. But the PC forever changed the way information is commmunicated within organizations. And here we are again looking down the long barrel of another shift – this one caused by multiple technologies, the Cloud and smart mobile devices.
The Cloud is the source of the shift up, but not because it’s new exciting technology; this technology has been around for a long time. We just haven’t needed it till now. As companies handle increasingly large amounts of data and face the hard economics of enlarging data centers and adding servers, the Cloud is starting to look “mighty fine” as an alternative. Company IT departments are grappling with security and privacy issues. Security plays an important role but is in the best interest of the supplier to have the latest security measures since this is the number one concern of clients. Privacy is currently being handled through authentication involving limited to full access based on usernames and passwords, and job roles defined around that. There are many ramifications including impact or shift to jobs, and will become evident as the trend continues.
Smart phones and tablets are causing a shift out for IT, as more and more employees are conducting business from these devices, and the devices are achieving networking and computing abilities similar to the PC. Security and privacy as in the Cloud, have bubbled up to the surface as the key concerns. As organizations adopt their use for their employees, concerns with security have increased with such things as information-stealing applications. The variety of phones and operating systems also poses a challenge for organizational support, along with the additional training needed. Business rules are popping up to deal with such issues as what information should and shouldn’t be stored on the device; who owns the information that is stored, how frequently the syncing of that data occurs and many others.
Here we go again….
Source: Intel.com, Intel’s Vision of the Ongoing Shift to Cloud Computing white paper.
http://computer.howstuffworks.com, Cloud Computing Concerns, Jonathan Strickland
http://www.spsm-workshop.org, 2nd Annual ACM CCS Workshop on Security and Privacy in Smartphones and Mobile Devices (SPSM)
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Let’s start with turning that acronym back into words: Data Center Infrastructure Management. So what is this, and why are we hearing more and more about it?
Wikipedia defines it like this: Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) is an emerging (2012) new form of data center management which extends the more traditional systems and network management approaches to now include the physical and asset-level components. iTracs defines it as “…a relatively young term that represents an emerging class of IT physical infrastructure solutions…”.
So what’s making DCIM such a hot commodity? Management is craving for information on the tens of thousands of data assets under their supervision. An iTracs article put it this way: “They need to be able to see, understand, manage, and optimize the myriad of complex interrelationships that drive the modern data center – one of the most complex entities on earth. They need holistic information and visibility into the entire IT infrastructure, information that that is instantly meaningful and actionable. (Fragmented device-level data is no longer of much use to them.)”
iTracs further described what DCIM can do for an organization:
- Locate, visualize, and manage all of their physical assets within an integrated “single pane” view of the entire infrastructure
- Automate the commissioning of new equipment, reducing the need for error-prone, time-consuming manual tasks like walking the floor to confirm what can go where
- Automate capacity planning with unparalleled forecasting capabilities, including the use of “what if” scenarios
- Reduce energy consumption, energy costs, and carbon footprint – save the planet while you’re saving potentially mlllions
- Align IT to the needs of the business – and maintain that alignment, no matter how radically those business requirements may change and grow
Data Center Journal provides a solid list of options for software:
- APC by Schneider Electric StruxureWare for Data Centers
- iTracs Converged Physical Infrastructure Management
- Emerson Network Power Trellis
- Nlyte Suite
- Rackwise Data Center Manager
Companies are now more able to plan and manage their systems better with this improved infrastructure approach, and of course there are decreased costs which are always a good thing. So if this is something you’ve been thinking about, now’s the time to learn as much as you can about it and implement a plan.
Last week, we brought you the top 5 technologies that companies will be implementing in 2013 based on the Computer World survey results. So now we’ll look at rest of the “hot” jobs that the Computer World survey identified:
- Cloud & SaaS – Companies are getting on board fast with cloud-computing, especially as they try to keep up in other areas where there may be limited cost cutting opportunities. Cloud offers the ability to cut costs and keep services. Architecture, configuration and security are the hot jobs in Cloud. It’s newer companion is SaaS (that’s software as a service, not to be confused with SAS, Serial Attached SCSI). Computer World results show that 25% of the hiring companies plan to hire in this area.
- Virtualization – Everyone’s doing it! Especially since there have been some improvements made. Administration and Security continue to remain the top jobs within this, along with VMware Certified Professional – Datacenter Virtualization certification.
- Networking – Networking is still a strong demand area in spite of Cloud becoming its own little niche area. Computer Word states, “There will always be demand for skilled and experienced network administrators and engineers, regardless of the economy and other external conditions.” Cisco skill sets are top of the heap along with the ability to convert non-virtual networks to the virtual environment.
- Mobile Apps & Device Management – More and more businesses are taking advantage of marketing and communicating through mobile devices so this makes it to Computer World’s top 10 list. Having skills in this ever changing technology area is a decided plus, with iOS 5 and Android programming skills being at the top of the heap, along with security.
- Data Center – Data Center jobs are hot, in spite of showing up in the 10th position. This area has been overlooked in the past years as being of significant importance, and now many companies are looking to placed skilled data center professionals into these positions. Hottest jobs are forecasted to be in the sever/data center operations, systems integration, and database management.
And remember: ALL jobs involve talking to people, so if that isn’t your strong suit, we recommend getting suited up in that area. Taking courses in interviewing, communicating effectively, and managing small teams will go a long way to getting and keeping a position.
Computer World has completed its survey that evaluates what are the technologies that companies will be implementing in 2013. Responses also showed that one third say they’ll be hiring additional IT employees. This is a significant improvement – up 5% from last year and 10% from 2010. While 5% doesn’t sound like alot, 5% of 235,500,000 over age 18 US citizens is 11, 775,000; almost 12 million more people will become employed in 2013. Two thirds of those responding said that they’ll be making a major IT purchase or important upgrade. All of this bodes very well for 2013! So let’s see what are the “hot” jobs that the results of the Computer World survey identified:
- Programming and Application Development – Companies have held off moving into new technology areas, upgrading their systems and designing new systems, so 2013 is that year that it will happen for two thirds of the companies polled. With all the changes in social media and communications, database enhancements, and networking and VoIP improvements, companies have got to jump on implementation to compete and stay ahead of their competition. The survey indicates that web developers, computer programmers and software engineers will be the most in demand with skills in Java, Java Enterprise Edition (J2EE), .Net and PHP.
- Project Management – If you’re an experienced project manager without your PMP, you’re doing yourself a disservice. The PMP certification offering through the Project Management Institute (PMI) now comes in a variety of flavors including PgMP (managing programs that include several projects), PMI-RMP (managing risk within programs) and CAPM (project management for entry level managers). This is a consistently good area in which to be involved as the complexity of projects has increased with such variables as outsourced development, connectivity to the web, databases and networks and responsiveness.
- Help Desk and Technical Support – Are you a Windows 7 geek who can talk to people? It’s your turn! As companies make decisions to move from their “beloved XP” to the “newly loved 7” (they don’t have a choice – the new cheer heard at Microsoft is “No support team in 2014” :-)), they will be looking to hire additional talent with a solid understanding of features, problems, patches and glitches of Windows 7, as the volume of calls will increase as it always does with a new OS. The survey shows that in addition to Windows 7, mobile device support and those ever important interpersonal skills are in the hot seat for jobs.
- IT Security – Yes, we know; you’ve heard this before…but this time it’s true! IT Security is moving from the “lip service” category to a truly identified need within many organizations. Skilled Security professionals are needed to deal with the increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks plaguing companies. The losses due to these attacks not only impact revenue streams but reputations as well. Got Security certification along with experience? You’re on your way to a job, my friend!
- Business Intelligence – Data abounds in all forms: customer feedback, quality management systems, revenue streams, purchasing systems, process control measures…the list goes on, and now with the Cloud, there’s even more data! And someone (actually a bunch of someones) needs to analyze the data, appropriately group the data and present it to management in a usable form. That’s where you can come in! The survey points to areas like Big Data, math and statistics, and a solid understanding of the business along with IT, as being the high demand arena in BI.
Come join us back here at IT CareerCast on Thursday, October 11th for the other 5 hot areas of employment for 2013. I know, you’re waiting with bated breath…..breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out…
Credits: Survey results taken from 2013 Computer World. Additional content taken from posting on IT CareerFinder September 26, 2012.
Tech is flying high again in the Bay City, by some estimates higher than the Dot Com boom of the late 1990’s.
San Fransisco, California is fabled for various things through the ages, many being of the economic variety. The California Gold Rush of the mid-nineteenth century caused what was a small town of 1,000 to balloon to over 25,000 people. In the 1990’s it became one of the homes to the Dot Com boom when literally hundreds of tech startups were fueled by the excitement of a developing Internet and unchecked rivers of venture capital. It also took a beating when that boom went bust.
Today, tech remains an important part of the economy and is seeing an irrefutable re-emergence. VC investment and IPOs are increasing. Job growth is riding on the coattails of that influx. The approximate peak of tech jobs in San Fransisco was 32,800 in Q1 of 2001. After bottoming out in Q1 of 2004 at 17,100, the end of 2010 had it back up to 30,700. Everyone in the industry says the numbers are assuredly higher now, potentially over the previous peak.
Just as telling is the office space getting snapped up. Rents are climbing in Palo Alto, Cupertino and SoMa (South of Market) district, fueled by largely by news leases from tech firms. According to real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle, there was 2.5 million square feet of space already leased by tech since the start of 2010 and 90 companies are looking for 2.3 million square feet more.
Tech segments that were in comparative infancy a few years ago are leading the way, including social media, cloud computing, and mobile application development. The price-to-earnings ratio shows a much more grounded perspective than what happened in the 1990’s, with tech companies today averaging 16 (versus a heady 70 before the bust).
It is clear that growth is strong in one modern-day’s IT haunts and hopes are that it will spill over into the greater job market nationally and internationally. Early signs indicate upward trends all around with IT being a leading growth industry coming out of the down economy.
For those looking to ride the rising wave, investing in education for key areas like Android developer training, project management training, ITIL training, and networking training, there is sure to be an open market of job opportunities.
The economy is emerging and IT is one of the business segments leading the way. There are great jobs to be had with employers of all sizes and types. Training is a great way to get up to speed or refreshed so that you can be positioned at the head of the pack.
Here are six red-hot areas in which you should get training:
Business Intelligence: It’s all about data. Companies have oceans of data and they continue to fill with more. They need information on business performance, benchmarking, sales trends, customer insights. It is all ripe for the taking and ready to go if only people knew how to push and pull the data around until it turned into information. There is very real money inside those databases, money companies would be pleased to obtain and happy to pay you to get it as long as you have business intelligence training.
Storage: Moving and keeping the data is of big concern now with the onset of cloud computing. Companies are keeping more and more data in the cloud to facilitate productivity. I/O and storage training offer opportunities as the cloud grows in popularity with IT departments.
ITIL: Managing IT for business success means a few disciplines are in order, a major one being IT service management. ITIL is playing a larger and larger role with companies who are refocusing IT to be about business instead of infrastructure. Those with ITIL training and certification have a lot to offer today’s IT workplace.
Project Management: In the same vein as ITIL, project management is key in delivering beneficial results. Management skills are increasing in importance for IT workers to have as increased demand for services and introduction of cloud vendors ultimately means a lift in projects to manage. Project management training and certification is the direction to take for those wanting to contribute positively to that sort of environment.
Networking: The handling of data has continued to be a critical segment of the IT industry and has especially seen change with cloud computing. Managing and maintaining complex network environments is not just about performance but also about business security and integrity. Networking training is available on introductory and advanced topics for people wanting to be in demand for this still-growing segment.
Programming: Projects are being revived or created left and right. Many of them were mothballed while layoffs were at their worst in recent years but are seeing the light of day again. Open positions for programmers have risen in the last six or more months and many large employers are hiring crowds of them to cover projects. Programming and application development training is an outstanding investment for someone looking for a career in which to get established.
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The emphasis on combining technology with business sense continues where it comes to the desires of CIOs. The main problem they are facing is the need for IT to transition more into being focused on the business rather than the technical infrastructure of the business.
According to DiceTV, CIOs are seeking “innovative developers who can weave social, mobile and collaborative technology features into their designs.” In order to survive and thrive in the new era of IT one needs to have technical and business skills.
We’ve talked before about how those in networking positions in IT departments will need to evolve negotiation and management skills in order to deal with an increasingly cloud-bound infrastructure environment. New skills will include security and analytics as protecting and working with data will be major undertakings going forward.
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Sometimes it seems like the IT industry was the inventor of the acronym, with a new one getting created every two minutes. Enter Cloud Computing and a host of new and fun abbreviations that can get confused or switched around.
Adron Hall offers a simple run-down (and introduction for some) on three important acronyms in Cloud Computing that are used to represent three general areas in the Cloud:
Software as a Service (SaaS): Perhaps the most commonly heard and understood of the three, SaaS is a service that is provided by any sort of entity – from a small group up to a government – that provides software to the client. That software could be delivered in any way; internally or from a provider/vendor entity to a user/contracting entity.
Platform as a Service (PaaS): Somewhat less heard-of is the concept of delivering a platform wherein clients can develop software and re-deploy it either internally, over the Internet or via other Cloud environments.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): This entails an entity providing networking fundamentals such as load balancing, routing, virtualized OS hosting, content delivery networks, computer networking, backup, etc.