Top 7 Much-In-Demand IT Skills For 2015

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In our ongoing series about learning where I discuss about the various courses or skill sets one needs to lookout for in the coming years, I am picking up the IT industry today. With continuous extinction and evolution in products, the technology industry is considered to be a volatile one giving rise to newer skill sets and job roles. One has to be up-to-date and aware of the emerging trends and shifts in the technology industry; otherwise, you might just wake up one day to find your skills to have gone extinct and your job profile obsolete. Therefore, I have compiled top 7 much-in-demand IT skills to check out in 2015;

  1. Ethical Hacking: If you have been following the news regularly, you might have come across the high profile hacking operation that took place recently in Sony and the US Military. Since then, governments and businesses worldwide have become quite alert and are increasingly looking for professionals who can beat these cyber criminals in their own game. An Ethical Hacker is a professional ‘good guy’ who uses the same tools and techniques that a cyber criminal uses to crack networks, as a mean to keep them out, by finding better ways. Therefore, in 2015, security will be a primary concern for businesses, and professionals with ethical hacking skills will have better opportunities in the market.
  2. Data Management: If there is any other skill that is finding more takers in 2015 due to the big data boom, is that of data management. Data Management is nothing but the development and execution of policies, procedures, practices and architectures that manage the entire data life-cycle needs of an enterprise properly. Therefore, professionals with data management skills will be highly pursued by businesses as they continue to derive understanding from various data sources to create actionable business decisions.
  3. Enterprise Architecture: With growing complexity of organizations, businesses are finding an increased value in successfully implementing enterprise architecture. This has in turn given rise to widespread adoption of enterprise architecture by businesses and increased demand for certified architects. The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) is a leading architecture these days and is supposedly being applied in around 80% of Fortune 500 companies. Therefore, if you are certified in TOGAF, you will be one of the prized catches for any organization looking out for architects.
  4. NoSQL: As big data and cloud continues to flourish in the market, we can see a new mobile application coming up on a daily basis giving rise to NoSQL databases. Therefore, professionals who possess the skills to utilize as well as know when to avoid, NoSQL will offer efficiency, flexibility and agility within operations that will be valued by businesses. This is again a much-in-demand skill to go for this year.
  5. Mobile Application Development: As more and more mobile applications for employees, and applications are deployed by businesses, an increased number of these applications are being transitioned to the cloud by them. In the current market space, professionals with the skills to understand how all these pieces and processes fit together are of great value. Doing a course in Microsoft’s MCSD certification track offers a series of avenues to develop and demonstrate these skills. So get skilled to get employed at a company of your choice.
  6. Data Science: Among the hottest skills predicted for 2015, skills relating to data science are being considered big. This group of skills, although in transition, traditionally combines the knowledge of statistics, programming, mathematics and data analysis. Combining a deep knowledge and understanding of a business with the ability to uncover, analyze and communicate patterns in data, a data scientist can discover as well as address various business problems. Therefore, a data scientist is one of the most pursued professional, with companies beginning to control greater returns from big data.
  7. Secure Coding: Advancement in technology in recent years has given rise to more and more mobile and desktop applications making its way to the market. Therefore, businesses looking to develop software for internal use or external sale depend heavily on the development of secure applications. This in turn protects the organization from any amount of threats that arise from the release of flawed applications, which also includes data theft as well as class action lawsuits. Professionals possessing secure coding skill sets are hotly pursued, as it is vital for any organization in the process of developing computer software that guards against the introduction of security susceptibilities.

In 2015, if you wish to be the one who stands out in the job market or among your peers, consider up-skilling or re-skilling yourself with one of the above mentioned skill sets. Get Certified. Get Ahead is one mantra one should follow in 2015!

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Shaiju Mathew is an Indian author, social media strategist, blogger, reviewer, screenplay writer, and short film director, known for his 2010 book Knocked Up and short film Planchette. For more information please visit his webpage www.shaijumathew.com or blog www.shaiju-mathew.blogspot.in. You can also check him out on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaiju_Mathew)

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Key Highlights of SimpliHACK!!!

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SimpliHACK – a hackathon event organized by professional certification industry leader Simplilearn to discover some of the best talents in the technological field was a huge success. In association with Venturesity, Simplihack kick-started on 28th February 2015 at 10:00 am.

Participants listening to the initial presentation
Participants listening to the initial presentation

Many participants came from various parts of the country to participate in the 24 hour long hackathon. Moreover, Simplihack saw a maximum number of women coders participating apart from a 16 year old Sachin, participating in his third hackathon.

Product Head Giridharan Natarajan - Product Head, Simplilearn giving a brief to the participants
Product Head Giridharan Natarajan – Product Head, Simplilearn giving a brief to the participants

A formal introduction to the company and the tasks to be achieved during the hackathon was briefed to the participants by the Product and Technology team heads as well as by the company CEO – Krishna Kumar.

Brainstorming session
Brainstorming session

The participants formed teams of four and got into brainstorming sessions before starting work on their assignments.

Participants working in groups
Participants working in groups

If you thought that the entire event was a serious affair, then you are mistaken. There were many fun moments during the event. Music played throughout based on participant requests apart from them dancing and participating in some stress busting events as and when the stress levels rose.

Child Prodigy Sachin taking a chill pill during the event
Child Prodigy Sachin taking a chill pill during the event

There was unending flow of drinks and snacks to keep the team charged and hydrated as they worked incessantly for 24 hours.

Simplilearn Team Members Helping the Participants
Simplilearn Team Members Helping the Participants

Team members from Simplilearn were always available at the beck and call of any participant helping them with their queries and making things available to them as and when required.

Long night but still going on
Long night but still going on
Lot of work, very little time
Lot of work, very little time

After a grueling 24 hour task, the teams were able to put up some really good innovative ideas to shape.

Presentation Time
Presentation Time

Around 12:00 pm on 1st March the teams were asked to present their projects in front of the respected panel consisting of Krishna Kumar – CEO Simplilearn, Gerald Jaideep – COO Simplilearn, Kashyap Dalal – CPO Simplilearn,  Giridharan Natarajan – Product Head and Manisha S – UX Designer

Judging Panel
Judging Panel

Some of the projects presented by the participants as per the judges were mind-blowing and innovative, however after a lot of thought the winners were declared.

Team Tandem - The Winners of Simplihack!
Team Tandem – The Winners of Simplihack!

Team Tandem from Trivandrum who turned the Simplilearn platform into a gamification zone walked away with the Rs. 100,000/- cash prize.

Krishna Kumar - CEO Simplilearn
Krishna Kumar – CEO Simplilearn

Krishna Kumar – CEO, Simplilearn in his final speech declared that there will be more such events coming up from Simplilearn in the near future, to dig out some rare technological gems who can bring about a greater change to the ever changing technological space!

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Shaiju Mathew is an Indian author, social media strategist, blogger, reviewer, screenplay writer, and short film director, known for his 2010 book Knocked Up and short film Planchette. For more information please visit his webpage www.shaijumathew.com or blog www.shaiju-mathew.blogspot.in. You can also check him out on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaiju_Mathew)