Top 10 IT Skills in Demand

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1. Programming & Application DevelopmentProgramming and application development is the most in-demand IT skill. IT Companies who plan to hire IT professionals in the next year will be looking for people with programming or application development skills. Monster.com reports that three quarters of 245 HR managers and recruiters it surveyed in May plan to hire IT staffers with applications expertise..Net is a Microsoft programming language that allows for rapid development of powerful web applications with benefits of .Net framework. .Net offers many advantages that translate into accelerated development time, lower costs and greater maintainability. Therefore, it is in great demand.For beginners, we suggest

2. Networking Administration

Networking administration skills never lose their luster. Organizations have upgraded to Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 client, Exchange Server 2010 and SharePoint 2010. Therefore the demand of Network Administrators, to ensure network traffic continues to move without a hitch has increased. Cisco provides the backbone on which the network traffic moves.

Following are the most popular certifications:

3. Database Management

Databases are the hearts of key business systems that drive payroll, manufacturing, sales, transaction processing, and more. Programmers must be able to build programs that quickly and efficiently interface with the database management system (DBMS), while database administrators must be able to bring the full power of database features to bear on business problems. DBA expertise can be the Achilles’ heel of database projects – many IT projects have failed due to the inability to secure DBA talent or successfully address DBA issues.

The major database vendors are Oracle and Microsoft SQL server. Oracle runs three main certification programs for database professionals. Oracle Certified Associate is the first rung of the Oracle certification ladder. Next is the flagship Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) credential, which certifies an individual’s ability to manage, develop, or implement enterprise-wide databases and other software. Oracle Certified Master (OCM) is Oracle’s most advanced accreditation. Microsoft offers MCITP and MCTS certification on SQL server 2008.

KOENIG offers the following courses for beginners in Database management:

4. Virtualization & Cloud Computing

The projected cost savings and efficiencies are no-brainers for organizations seeking to implement virtualization and cloud computing. With the cloud computing space now taking shape, it’s difficult for enterprises to find pros with substantial relevant experience. Instead, companies are drawing expertise from a range of IT skill sets including storage, networks and desktop. Initially, companies will set up cross-functional teams to buy and implement virtualization, but eventually cloud computing will be an expected skill set of systems administrators. In a few years, it could even be a standard skill set of all IT pros because it touches different aspects of IT.

KOENIG offers courses related to Virtualization and cloud computing. For details visit the following links:

5. Security

Security is the only area of certified IT skills that has never had a negative quarter throughout the entire recession. Demand is being driven by regulatory compliance needs and by customer demand for tools with built-in security features. Valuable security skills include expertise in identity and access management, threat and vulnerability assessment, encryption, data loss prevention, incident analysis, governance, compliance and auditing, biometrics, Web content filtering, safeguards for voice-over-IP systems and e-discovery support for litigation.

Popular certifications of security:

For beginners, we offer the following course:

6. Wireless Networking Management

For many organizations, finding staff with expertise in Wi-Fi and other non-wired technologies is becoming a necessity. Network job descriptions increasingly cite wireless skills among the requirements. There has also been an influx of training courses in wireless and certification programmers aimed at wireless administration and security. These are adding luster — and pay increases — to a range of wireless networking positions. Wireless seems to be an emerging driver in other skill sets as well, and those are growing in value as a result. One such skill set is the combination of messaging, email and groupware, which includes wireless messaging and email

KOENIG offers the following courses for Wireless Networking Management:

7. Business Intelligence

As data proliferates and IT departments look for ways to contribute to the company’s profitability, business intelligence skills will be highly sought-after in 2011.

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8. Project Management

As we emerge from the recession, organizations aren’t likely to go back to the go-go days of throwing money at IT initiatives or taking risks and deploying without careful thought and planning. Organizations are putting pressure on IT to only implement projects that can show real return-on-investment. The first step to achieving a good ROI is professional project planning and implementation.

Project management skills often appear in top 10 skills lists, perhaps because some organizations got their fingers burned in the 1990s through the poor implementation of IT projects such as enterprise resource planning initiatives. But even though the profession is mature (in IT terms), project managers still have work to do to advance their status within organizations. According to an article on the Project Management Institute Website, project managers still have to develop their people skills, organizational leadership, and individual professionalism.

KOENIG offers the following courses for Project Management:

9. ERP and CRM Implementation

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is business management software-usually a suite of integrated applications-that a company can use to store and manage data from every stage of business, including:

  • Financial Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Project Management
  • Inventory and Logistics management
  • Human Resource Management

ERP provides an integrated real-time view of core business processes, using common databases maintained by a database management system. ERP systems track business resources—cash, raw materials, production capacity—and the status of business commitments: orders, purchase orders, and payroll

Customer relationship management (CRM) is a model for managing a company’s interactions with current and future customers. It involves using technology to organize, automate, and synchronize sales, marketing, customer service, and technical support.

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10. Help Desk & Desktop support

Businesses will need desktop support personnel to support new workers when organizations begin hiring as the economy improves.

Popular courses for Desktop support are: