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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: The Future of File Storage

Cloud Infographic: The Future of File Storage

 The Future of File Storage A multi-billion dollar market Data storage has been readily increasing for decades. In 1989, an 8MB Macintosh Portable was top of the range; in 2006, the Dell Inspiron 6400 became available, boasting 160GB; and now, we have the ‘Next Generation’ MacBook Pro with 256GB of storage built in. But, of course,…

The Questions of Privacy In The Internet of Things Revolution

The Questions of Privacy In The Internet of Things Revolution

Privacy in the Internet of Things Revolution The Internet of Things (IoT) has been promising a lot to consumers for a few years and now we’re really starting to see some of the big ideas come to fruition, which means an ever-growing conversation around data security and privacy. Big data comes with big responsibilities and…

Cloud Infographic: Programming Languages To Build Your Cloud

Cloud Infographic: Programming Languages To Build Your Cloud

Programming Languages What programming languages are the building blocks to help develop and facilitate these present and future cloud platforms? Where can we learn and develop these skills in order to help us build our own careers? A couple of options would be to visit sites such as Stackoverflow which can provide you with a good source of information.…

Unusual Clandestine Cloud Data Centre Service Locations

Unusual Clandestine Cloud Data Centre Service Locations

Unusual Clandestine Cloud Data Centre Service Locations Everyone knows what the cloud is, but does everybody know where the cloud is? We try to answer that as we look at some of the most unusual data centre locations in the world. Under the Eyes of a Deity Deep beneath the famous Uspenski Cathedral in the…

How Data Science And Machine Learning Is Enabling Cloud Threat Protection

How Data Science And Machine Learning Is Enabling Cloud Threat Protection

Data Science and Machine Learning Security breaches have been consistently rising in the past few years. Just In 2015, companies detected 38 percent more security breaches than in the previous year, according to PwC’s Global State of Information Security Survey 2016. Those breaches are a major expense — an average of $3.79 million per company,…

5 Predictions For Education Technology

5 Predictions For Education Technology

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Cloud Computing – A Requirement For Greater Innovation

Cloud Computing – A Requirement For Greater Innovation

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Cloud Infographic – Guide To Small Business Cloud Computing

Cloud Infographic – Guide To Small Business Cloud Computing

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Business Analytics Vs Data Science

Business Analytics Vs Data Science

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A New CCTV Nightmare: Botnets And DDoS attacks

A New CCTV Nightmare: Botnets And DDoS attacks

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5% Of Companies Have Embraced The Digital Innovation Fostered By Cloud Computing

5% Of Companies Have Embraced The Digital Innovation Fostered By Cloud Computing

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Choosing IaaS or a Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting Provider?

Choosing IaaS or a Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting Provider?

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Three Factors For Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy

Three Factors For Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy

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The Security Gap: What Is Your Core Strength?

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Lavabit, Edward Snowden and the Legal Battle For Privacy

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Disaster Recovery – A Thing Of The Past!

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Four Recurring Revenue Imperatives

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Why Security Practitioners Need To Apply The 80-20 Rules To Data Security

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5 Things To Consider About Your Next Enterprise Sharing Solution

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