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Major Job Markets For Technology

Major Job Markets For Technology

The last piece I wrote, in April, took data from a personal finance website we respect, called NerdWallet. It used Bureau of Labor Statistics data to calculate tech employees per 1,000 total jobs in a metro area. But that was only half the score. It also looked at mean wages for those jobs, again from BLS data and then median gross rent from the Census Bureau.

Indeed’s list focuses 100% on job listings on its own site and the salary numbers come from estimates derived from its listings. It broke down software jobs into 18 of the most popular titles and then it calculated tech jobs as a share of all job listings in the 25 cities that have the greatest share of tech jobs. Hence several of the smaller cities on the Nerdwallet list, like Huntsville, AL and Durham, NC, did not rank on Indeed’s list…

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Exciting Job Opportunities In Several Tech Fields

Exciting Job Opportunities In Several Tech Fields

Exciting Job Opportunities

CompTIA has released a report projecting a growth of 5.1% in IT spending this year, and though more than Gartner and IDC expect, they too estimate considerable escalation. According to Infoworld, 2014 saw a 2.4% increase in IT employment, representing more than 100,000 jobs – 2015 could see this figure increase. According to the US department of labour, web development jobs experienced the highest growth in 2014 at 4%, and employment of information security analysts, software systems developers and network and computer systems administers increased between 1.8% and 3.6%.

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Top Jobs

Earlier this year, Glassdoor released a list of the 25 Best Jobs in America for 2015, and ten of them are in the IT sector. Software Engineer takes second place, with Database Administrator and Data Scientist in the top ten. Solutions Architect boasts one of the highest average base salaries, though all of the listed IT occupations offer decent remuneration. US News puts Software Developer at the top of its list of best tech jobs for 2015 and predicts a flood of new jobs in the IT market over the next seven years, with a forecast of a 36.5% increase in demand for Information Security Analysts.

What You Need

While certainly the place to be, the range of skills required to work successfully in IT is broad, and with constant technological evolution, skills often need to be updated just as you think you’ve mastered them. Inc recommends that 2015 is the time for honing your skills in coding, big data, cloud computing, mobile computing, data visualisation and UX design skills, while Training Journal insists that more problem solving skills are critical in IT. FierceCIO advises that business skills should not be overlooked, as many key IT roles require an excellent sense of the business and its workings in order to best perform their roles.

Where It’s Happening

Forbes has detailed the highest-paying cities for tech jobs in the US, with Silicon Valley at the top of their list, followed by Seattle, Washington, DC and Boston. Austin, Texas is credited with the strongest tech sector employment expansion from 2004 to 2014, with Raleigh, North Carolina close behind. In the UK, The Telegraph puts Manchester and Bristol close to London’s top earning average, and notes that Bristol, Brighton and Cambridge offer higher rates to freelancers working in the cloud sector than London.

Wherever you are, it seems 2015 is the year for technology, and if the predictions for IT pay off the future is bright. IT professionals possessing the top skills as well as the ability to pull together various IT services and business acumen are in demand, and it looks like that trend will only increase in the coming years.

Jennifer Klostermann

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – The Nanodegree

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – The Nanodegree



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By David Fletcher

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Cloud Infographic: Going To The Cloud

Cloud Infographic: Going To The Cloud

Cloud Infographic: Going To The Cloud

Over the past few years, we’ve covered the importance of cloud computing in the classroom and its defining nature as something to adopt and accept moving forward. Some of our coverage has been flippant while other discussions have been more serious in nature. Nevertheless we can all agree that cloud based education will be universal and the accepted method of teachings by many in the next little while. Massive cloud based classrooms will exist, and it will be just a matter of time before older generations start sharing stories of the good old days when classrooms were built with chalkboards and desks. In the meantime, cloud based educational services will be a hot topic for many years to come…

Attached is an excellent infographic provided courtesy of onlinecolleges.net .

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Infographic Source: onlinecolleges.net

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – 100 Lines

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – 100 Lines



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By David Fletcher

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Yet Another Vendor Specific Certification, AWS Rolls Out New Certification Program

Yet Another Vendor Specific Certification, AWS Rolls Out New Certification Program

Yet Another Vendor Specific Certification, AWS Rolls Out New Certification Program

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The lack of specific standards to govern cloud computing, along with security concerns is often one of the reasons cited by those that put it aside in favor of traditional enterprise and datacenter applications. But industry leaders in cloud computing are starting to fill this void with different certification levels intended for specific positions within the cloud infrastructure, albeit for their own specific flavors of cloud computing. Cloud adaption rates are increasing every year because most companies out there make use of a cloud service in one way or another. This is yet another badge that employees can pin on their resumes and use to coerce present and future employers to part with larger sums of cash.

Amazon Web Services announced their new Global Certification Program which will designate individuals who exhibit skills, knowledge and proficiency with AWS systems and technology. The program is intended for the three primary roles associated with the delivery of cloud-based solutions: the Developer, SysOps Administrator and Solutions Architect. There are three proficiency levels: Associate, Professional and Master. The Master level, according to my pop culture knowledge, would probably require the examinee to defeat someone of Master level first before being recognized as one.

Certification is awarded to successful exam passers and will allow them to display the AWS Certified logo on their business cards. The exams are given through Kryterion testing centers which are present in more than 100 countries with 750 testing locations worldwide. The very first offered certification will be for the Architect labeled as “AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Level.” Certification for the Administrator and Developer is said to follow later in the year.

So for those people who prefer to use AWS for your work, you probably want to work with companies that use it too. So it goes without saying that this certification is essential for your career.

By Abdul Salam

Cloud IT Training – Key To The Present And Future Success

Cloud IT Training – Key To The Present And Future Success

Cloud IT Training – Key To The Present And Future Success

Cloud TrainingCloud computing, big data, enterprise technologies and other cross-dimensional technologies are the hottest portfolios in the IT industry, where many organizations are investing heavily across the globe. This heavy investment is producing a sustainable growth of jobs in the area of information technologies.

A study conducted by CompTIA under the caption of IT industry outlook 2013 suggests that demand of cross-dimensional and cloud-savvy professionals will keep growing at more than 22% in the next seven years till 2020.

In such a growing market of technology professionals, the training would play a much bigger role than ever before – there is a couple of solid reasons for the same. The rapid/regular demand and fast-changing face of technology are two fundamental reasons to justify it.

A survey research regarding the trends both in IT training and IT career was conducted by the TrainSignal an online training company – this study discovers some very significant facts about the trends, importance, and success stories of the IT professionals in the domain of information technology. The survey was carried out with the help of 2,375 participants across the globe; these participants were related to the field of IT, and the survey was completed in the month of January, 2013.

As per the results of the survey more than 94.7% of the professionals think that continuous IT training is a fundamental component for career advancement while more than 67% professional revealed that they received a pay-raise or promotions by getting IT training. A huge ratio of more than 79.7% of the professional feel confident about the job opportunities in the year 2013 – a huge number, 43.5% of professionals switched their career from other fields and more 55.1% of professionals who started their career in IT during the last two years have changed their profession from other fields and switched to information technology by taking training courses and diploma degrees. Among these professional people, more than 77.2% are highly confident about their career growth in this field. More than 56.9% of professionals who switched to an IT career during last two years, received a salary increase; while 40.7% people who adopted an IT career during the last six years got a salary raise of more than 25%.

As far as the type of training and passion about the information technology is concerned, this survey conducted by TrainSignal reveals some of the most encouraging findings. As per the results of the survey, more than 47.7% of the people love and have a passion for technology – Meanwhile, a huge ratio of more than 73.7% of the professionals enjoy solving the most complex problems and issues related to information technology, which is one of the most encouraging signs for the industry.

In response to the reference of the training material, a big ratio, 69.1% of professionals suggest that they refer to training material at least once a month and 57.2% of professionals who joined IT field two years back refer training material on a weekly basis.

The professionals who participated in this survey responded to one question about the type of training they like – 67.9% of professionals like to have online or DVD based video training. The ratio of professionals who liked the training based on the book was about 3% while the ratio of professionals who like to have training in regular classes stood at 29.1%.

This study by TrainSignal institute clearly suggests that online training and is very crucial for advancing and obtaining the better career opportunities in the field of cloud computing information technology.

By Walter Bailey

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Industry Experts Lead The Way At The 5th Annual Cloud World Forum

Industry Experts Lead The Way At The 5th Annual Cloud World Forum

Hundreds of technology experts will give their views on the state of the cloud computing industry in London, next June, at the 5th Annual Cloud World Forum – www.cloudwf.com

Keynote speakers including Dr. Jeff Jaffe, CEO of World Wide Web Consortium; Francisco Garcia Moran, Directorate General of Informatics of European Comission; and Tony McAlister, CTO of Betfair will be joined by more than 5,000 delegates to share the latest trends and products from the world of cloud computing.

Following on the huge success of last year’s conference, the 5th Annual Cloud World Forum will be held At London’s National Hall Olympia.  The event offers free passes to delegates and features all the latest cloud computing trends, including security, applications, communications, virtualization, Big Data, M2M, CDN, CRM, and many others.

Over 200 heavy-weight speakers will feature at the event, including:

• Dr. Jeff Jaffe, CEO, World Wide Web Consortium
• Francisco Garcia Moran, Directorate General of Informatics, European Commission
• Tony McAlister, CTO, Betfair
• Paul Coby, IT Director, John Lewis
• Richard Harris, CIO, ARM

Further big names from the world of technology will be announced by the Cloud World Forum team in the first week of February.
Alongside these seminars, delegates attending the Cloud World Forum will also have access to three co-located events; the CDN World Forum – www.cdnconference.com – the Big Data World Congress – www.bigdatacongress.com – and the M2M Forum www.cloudwf.com/seminars/m2m.html.

These conferences provide a fantastic opportunity for delegates to discuss the latest trends and technologies related to Content Delivery Networks (CDN), M2M and the rise of big data in the enterprise.

The Cloud World Forum also includes an exhibition hall featuring over 150 leading solution providers. All the major players from the enterprise IT world will be represented, including Microsoft, Google, HP, and many others.The forum is the ideal opportunity for anyone looking to network with fellow industry experts, make valuable business connections and learn about the leading trends and topics in the cloud space. So whether you’re an IT vendor, government official, telco representative or you work within the enterprise, the 5th Annual Cloud World Forum is an opportunity not to be missed.

The 5th Annual Cloud World Forum takes place at National Hall Olympia on 26th-27th of June 2013.  Free passes for the event are available. Get in contact with alex@keynoteworld.com or contact a member of our team on +44 (0)845 519 1230 for further information.

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Cloud Infographic – Cloud Public, Private & Hybrid Differences

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Public, Private & Hybrid Differences

Cloud Public, Private & Hybrid Differences Many people have heard of cloud computing. There is however a tremendous number of people who still cannot differentiate between Public, Private & Hybrid cloud offerings.  Here is an excellent infographic provided by the group at iWeb which goes into greater detail on this subject. Infographic source: iWeb

What You Need To Know About Choosing A Cloud Service Provider

What You Need To Know About Choosing A Cloud Service Provider

Selecting The Right Cloud Services Provider How to find the right partner for cloud adoption on an enterprise scale The cloud is capable of delivering many benefits, enabling greater collaboration, business agility, and speed to market. Cloud adoption in the enterprise has been growing fast. Worldwide spending on public cloud services will grow at a…

Cloud Infographic: IoT For Automotive Deconstructed

Cloud Infographic: IoT For Automotive Deconstructed

IoT For Automotive Deconstructed The IoT automotive industry is moving rapidly with many exciting growth opportunities available. We’ve written about some of the risks and benefits as well as some of the players involved. One thing for certain as that the auto industry is starting to take notice and we can expect the implementation of a…

5 Ways The Internet of Things Will Drive Cloud Growth

5 Ways The Internet of Things Will Drive Cloud Growth

5 Ways The Internet of Things Will Drive Cloud Growth The Internet of Things is the latest term to describe the interconnectivity of all our devices and home appliances. The goal of the internet of things is to create universal applications that are connected to all of the lights, TVs, door locks, air conditioning, and…

Cloud Computing – The Good and the Bad

Cloud Computing – The Good and the Bad

The Cloud Movement Like it or not, cloud computing permeates many aspects of our lives, and it’s going to be a big part of our future in both business and personal spheres. The current and future possibilities of global access to files and data, remote working opportunities, improved storage structures, and greater solution distribution have…

The Business of Security: Avoiding Risks

The Business of Security: Avoiding Risks

The Business of Security Security is one of those IT concerns that aren’t problematic until disaster strikes. It might be tomorrow, it could be next week or next year. The fact is that poor security leaves businesses wide open for data loss and theft. News outlets just skim the surface, but hackers cost business up…

The Cloud Is Not Enough! Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions

The Cloud Is Not Enough! Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions

Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions Running a cloud server is no longer the novel trend it once was. Now, the cloud is a necessary data tier that allows employees to access vital company data and maintain productivity from anywhere in the world. But it isn’t a perfect system — security and performance issues can quickly…

4 Industries Being Transformed By The Internet of Things

4 Industries Being Transformed By The Internet of Things

Compelling IoT Industries Every year, more and more media organizations race to predict the trends that will come to shape the online landscape over the next twelve months. Many of these are wild and outlandish and should be consumed with a pinch of salt, yet others stand out for their sober and well-researched judgements. Online…

The Monstrous IoT Connected Cloud Market

The Monstrous IoT Connected Cloud Market

What’s Missing in the IoT? While the Internet of Things has become a popular concept among tech crowds, the consumer IoT remains fragmented. Top companies continue to battle to decide who will be the epicenter of the smart home of the future, creating separate ecosystems (like the iOS and Android smartphone market) in their wake.…

Cloud Computing – The Real Story Is About Business Strategy, Not Technology

Cloud Computing – The Real Story Is About Business Strategy, Not Technology

Enabling Business Strategies The cloud is not really the final destination: It’s mid-2015, and it’s clear that the cloud paradigm is here to stay. Its services are growing exponentially and, at this time, it’s a fluid model with no steady state on the horizon. As such, adopting cloud computing has been surprisingly slow and seen more…

Having Your Cybersecurity And Eating It Too

Having Your Cybersecurity And Eating It Too

The Catch 22 The very same year Marc Andreessen famously said that software was eating the world, the Chief Information Officer of the United States was announcing a major Cloud First goal. That was 2011. Five years later, as both the private and public sectors continue to adopt cloud-based software services, we’re interested in this…

Protecting Devices From Data Breach: Identity of Things (IDoT)

Protecting Devices From Data Breach: Identity of Things (IDoT)

How to Identify and Authenticate in the Expanding IoT Ecosystem It is a necessity to protect IoT devices and their associated data. As the IoT ecosystem continues to expand, the need to create an identity to newly-connected things is becoming increasingly crucial. These ‘things’ can include anything from basic sensors and gateways to industrial controls…

Despite Record Breaches, Secure Third Party Access Still Not An IT Priority

Despite Record Breaches, Secure Third Party Access Still Not An IT Priority

Secure Third Party Access Still Not An IT Priority Research has revealed that third parties cause 63 percent of all data breaches. From HVAC contractors, to IT consultants, to supply chain analysts and beyond, the threats posed by third parties are real and growing. Deloitte, in its Global Survey 2016 of third party risk, reported…

How Formal Verification Can Thwart Change-Induced Network Outages and Breaches

How Formal Verification Can Thwart Change-Induced Network Outages and Breaches

How Formal Verification Can Thwart  Breaches Formal verification is not a new concept. In a nutshell, the process uses sophisticated math to prove or disprove whether a system achieves its desired functional specifications. It is employed by organizations that build products that absolutely cannot fail. One of the reasons NASA rovers are still roaming Mars…

The Rise Of BI Data And How To Use It Effectively

The Rise Of BI Data And How To Use It Effectively

The Rise of BI Data Every few years, a new concept or technological development is introduced that drastically improves the business world as a whole. In 1983, the first commercially handheld mobile phone debuted and provided workers with an unprecedented amount of availability, leading to more productivity and profits. More recently, the Cloud has taken…

Beacons Flopped, But They’re About to Flourish in the Future

Beacons Flopped, But They’re About to Flourish in the Future

Cloud Beacons Flying High When Apple debuted cloud beacons in 2013, analysts predicted 250 million devices capable of serving as iBeacons would be found in the wild within weeks. A few months later, estimates put the figure at just 64,000, with 15 percent confined to Apple stores. Beacons didn’t proliferate as expected, but a few…

The Cancer Moonshot: Collaboration Is Key

The Cancer Moonshot: Collaboration Is Key

Cancer Moonshot In his final State of the Union address in January 2016, President Obama announced a new American “moonshot” effort: finding a cure for cancer. The term “moonshot” comes from one of America’s greatest achievements, the moon landing. If the scientific community can achieve that kind of feat, then surely it can rally around…

The Cloud Is Not Enough! Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions

The Cloud Is Not Enough! Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions

Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions Running a cloud server is no longer the novel trend it once was. Now, the cloud is a necessary data tier that allows employees to access vital company data and maintain productivity from anywhere in the world. But it isn’t a perfect system — security and performance issues can quickly…

Cloud Native Trends Picking Up – Legacy Security Losing Ground

Cloud Native Trends Picking Up – Legacy Security Losing Ground

Cloud Native Trends Once upon a time, only a select few companies like Google and Salesforce possessed the knowledge and expertise to operate efficient cloud infrastructure and applications. Organizations patronizing those companies benefitted with apps that offered new benefits in flexibility, scalability and cost effectiveness. These days, the sharp division between cloud and on-premises infrastructure…