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Weekly Recap: Hot IT Job Skills in 2014, BI Trends, 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 hot IT job skills for 2014, top BI trends, and more. I hope you find them useful:

Top BI trends for 2014
Where is Business Intelligence heading in the next year? Besides the popular choices like cloud and mobile BI, I believe we’ll see more companies adopt self-service BI options. These solutions will let end users create their own BI apps, freeing the IT department up for more important tasks.

Hot IT Job Skills in 2014: Mobile, Web Development and Big Data
What tech skills will be most popular as we start a new year? According to the latest research, businesses will be looking for mobile developers, web developers, and those with experience doing large-scale data analysis. Can’t afford to bring all of those skills in-house? Why not bring the skills to your current employees?

PaaS is dead. Long live PaaS
While the traditional Platform as a Service (PaaS) concept may be fading, I see it morphing into something that’s so much more. Rather than just a platform for deploying applications, I believe we’ll see more PaaS offerings bundled with development platforms, creating something of a Development Platform as a Service (dPaaS).” They’ll give you the tools and the platform to build, deploy, and maintain all of your applications in the cloud.

IT staff: Too much supply or too much demand?
It’s a confusing topic. One one side, I hear IT professionals complain that no one is hiring. On the other hand, I hear businesses complain that they can’t find good IT skills these days. What’s the real problem? Technology is evolving so rapidly, most businesses can’t afford to constantly bring in new employees with modern skills. Instead, they need a way to bring modern skills to their current staff.