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Weekly recap: 6 technologies you should learn this year, the ROI of BI, and more…

EducationEvery week, I share the most interesting and useful tech articles that I’ve found over the past week. This week’s top articles focus on the ROI of BI, technology you should learn, and more. I hope you find them useful:

More mobile, more apps: Is your business ready?
This article asks an important question: Is your business ready for mobile? It’s becoming more and more important for businesses to invest in a long-term mobile strategy. Not sure where to start? Here’s a short white paper that outlines some key considerations for businesses approaching mobile apps.

6 technologies you should learn this year
Doesn’t it feel like technology moves faster than ever before? It’s becoming harder for CIOs and IT leaders to bring in employees with modern tech skills, and even more important that IT pros constantly learn new technology. What skills should you be learning? The article above lists some of the most important general technologies IT pros should learn in the near future. If you’d like more of a developer focus, this article lists 6 must-have skills of modern web app developers.

Pain and gain–the ROI of BI
The problem many companies run into when trying to calculate the ROI of a Business Intelligence investment: the BI tool itself will not produce revenue. It will however, facilitate revenue-producing activities–which are often hard to measure in an ROI analysis.

A little rebellion is a good thing: The rise of Shadow IT
Here’s an interesting take on Shadow IT that highlights how more and more purchasing decisions fall on the developer. Developers are bypassing traditional purchasing methods and opting for cloud based software they can get up and running quickly.