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Joe McKendrick

IT Skills Report: Demand Growing for ITIL, Cloud, Security

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Dice Inc. has just released its monthly employment report, analyzing 68,000 available IT jobs, and finds demand strong for a range of service-oriented specialties.

Here is a breakdown of the hottest of hot skill areas:

Cloud:  As Dice observes, these are still early days for cloud computing, which topped the list with job postings up nearly three-fold (294%) to 1,300 job postings. As cloud continues to scale, there will be many interesting challenges for technology professionals to solve.  The boom in cloud-based applications is likely one factor driving demand for JavaScript (+98% to 7,919) and HTML (+85% to 8,547).  "Throw in the fact that the browser is now the dominant mode of software delivery, it makes sense that hiring managers and recruiters are looking for these skills." 

Security:  Always a hot area, and getting hotter. Information Security (+109% to 1,680) is really the job of every technology professional and those specializing in the field continue to have bright prospects, says Dice. Employers frequently look for candidates who have earned the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) which is requested in a third of IS job postings. Candidates for the CISSP must have at least five years of experience in information security.

Virtualization: Dice reports a growing need for virtualization and more specifically VMWare experience (+92%).  Nearly at an all-time high (2,100 job postings), virtualization and its ability to reduce hardware and operating costs gives corporations a reason to seek this expertise.

Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) validation: Employment requests for professionals proficient in ITIL best practices have jumped 89 percent year over year to 1,619 job postings.  "This widely accepted set of best practices for IT service management is routinely in the top paying tech skills," Dice says.

Big ERP:  Demand is also strong for SAP (+87% to 6,679) and PeopleSoft (+98% to 2,147).

In this blog (formerly known as "SOA in Action"), Joe McKendrick examines how BPM and related business and IT approaches can promote business transformation.

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