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9/7/2016
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Dawn Kawamoto
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11 Tech Skills In Short Supply Now

In the ever-evolving world of IT, do you have what it takes to stay relevant, or are you headed toward extinction? Here's a look at the top 11 tech skills IT leaders say are demand today.
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Big Data Analytics
Big data analytics has remained the most in-demand skill for the past two consecutive years. And its popularity has increased further in 2016 with 39% of those surveyed saying they believe their organizations is suffering a skills shortage in the area, compared to 36% the previous year. The amount of data is massive and the ability to look at it and have predictive buying trends is something that will continue to keep this skill in demand for a long period of time, Miano said.
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Big Data Analytics

Big data analytics has remained the most in-demand skill for the past two consecutive years. And its popularity has increased further in 2016 with 39% of those surveyed saying they believe their organizations is suffering a skills shortage in the area, compared to 36% the previous year. The amount of data is massive and the ability to look at it and have predictive buying trends is something that will continue to keep this skill in demand for a long period of time, Miano said.

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Whoopty
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9/7/2016 | 7:27:38 AM
Security
It's good to see security so high on this list. I don't think it would have been even just a few years ago. I hope this is an indication that the industry as a whole is beginning to take protecting their assets - customer and personnel - more secure. It's not good enough to just take part in bes practices and hope for the best, especially at large enterprises. 
Duke_FSG
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9/26/2016 | 8:29:14 AM
Cyber security
The lack of security talent is both dangerous and expensive, especially as businesses face growing threats from external internet cyberattacks. Most organizations don't know how to detect or mitigate attacks that leverage digital channels such as social media and mobile.
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10/13/2016 | 7:23:19 PM
The 12th Skill
Too bad one of the skills isn't Bored-To-Death Technician... because this article just gave me a PhD in the subject.
Johnc89301
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4/23/2017 | 7:20:35 AM
concerns about the industry
I see there is a great need for talent. The problem is keeping up with an industry that changes almost daily. You can spend 15K for good course work; work 9 months and already be out of date. In that time, at current wages and salaries, you haven't been paid enough to make it worth while. Some of this work such as analytics and data mining are tedious and boring. You need to make up for that too.

Then what happens if you keep up, do fantastic work but, the company finds cheaper labor? We have no golden parachute, we aren't compencated well for our talent and creativity. We are just thrown out and told "good luck". So, if you REALLY want great American talent ( I use to be one of those people ), you need to come up with a better system than what is out there.

 

I will suggest ( and be laughed at ) a schooling system that is free to high tech talent, a starting salary of 200K and 6 weeks of paid vacation. Otherwise let the over paid CEO's figure it out.
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