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The 5 IT skills companies are looking for today

by ​David Strom
The IT landscape is changing daily.

Earlier this year, Foote Partners1 interviewed 500 IT managers to examine the skills and tools not subject to the usual IT certifications in order to see where growth opportunities are. Let’s look at their top growth areas and, by extension, where you should be focusing your own IT skills development in the near future.

​One outcome of the increasing use of big data technologies and the huge influx of data-intensive strategies is that data visualizations and architectures have seen huge growth spurts over the past year.

Network security management

First, there is still a big need for professionals adept in network security management — particularly those who can manage a security team or interact with upper management when breaches occur. It’s also important for when your business needs to invest in new kinds of security measures to counteract the latest threats moving across the Internet. A good place to start is with the SANS Institute, who offers some excellent classes on network security. Another source is the five-day, $1,500 sequence of classes taught by HISPI, the Holistic Information Security Practitioner Institute.


Having a solid knowledge of HBase, the administrative tool used for Hadoop installations, is up 7 percent in the past three months and has grown by more than one-third in the past year. This comes as no surprise, as an increasing number of enterprises are choosing to utilize Hadoop to help them navigate the transforming digital landscape. Where can you get these IT skills? Cloudera has a four-day, $3,000 HBase class that is part of its own Certified Administrator for Apache Hadoop sequence. If you’re looking for cheaper options, there are also several HBase textbooks and other online sources that can help you get a leg up.

NoSQL Database Technologies

One popular NoSQL language is MongoDB, an open source document database. There are numerous online tutorials you can take, which could explain why knowledge of MongoDB has grown by 10 percent over the past six months.

Another NoSQL language is Cassandra, which has seen its use creep up by 9 percent over the past six months. DataStax offers several free tutorials for Cassandra, and others, to help you get started with building data models and understanding how these tools are used. It also has a query language similar to SQL to make it easier to get started.

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Data Visualization & Data Architecture

One outcome of the increasing use of big data technologies and the huge influx of data-intensive strategies is that data visualizations and architectures have seen huge growth spurts over the past year. And you can greatly increase your value to your employer if you can be the one who spots trends and acts on them before anyone else. There are many places online where you can learn about or supplement your IT skills and knowledge on this topic, including an intro on data visualization from NewCoder.

Whether you’re an IT professional looking to boost your resume, or a business leader seeking new talent to help carry your business into the new world of work, these are just some of the skills you’ll want to add to your IT arsenal in the near future — if you haven’t already.
David Strom
David Strom is one of the leading experts on network and Internet technologies, and has written and spoken extensively on topics such as VOIP, convergence, email, cloud computing, network management, Internet applications, wireless and Web services for more than 25 years. His work has appeared in ITworld.com, TechTarget.com, Internet.com, Network World, Infoworld, PC Week, Computerworld, Small Business Computing, c|net and news.com, eWeek, Baseline Magazine, PC World and PC Magazine.
1 "2016 IT Skills Demand and Pay Trends Report." Foote Partners. http://www.footepartners.com/2012TrendReports.htm