Tag Archives: IT Skills

6 must-have skills of modern web application developers

EducationIn the past, application development had more of a specialized focus. Programmers focused on a single language (like COBOL, RPG, C++, etc.), and built applications with that language.

Now, that’s changing. The web doesn’t allow for a single focus. Rather, a modern web application developer is something of a “jack-of-all-trades.” They must understand the development aspects, but also understand web app security vulnerabilities, how it integrates with other services, and more. To further complicate things, they must even understand how their applications function on tablets and smartphones.

In other words, web application development is quickly becoming more complex. It requires an ever-increasing, and ever-evolving skill-set.

What skills must modern web application developers now possess? I’ve solicited input from a few experts in the area, and compiled their advice (as well as some of my own) below. Here are 6 of the most important skills that web application developers must now have:
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Weekly recap: 15 most coveted programming skills, why IT projects fail, 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 coveted programming skills, why IT projects fail, and more. I hope you find them useful:

Why tech projects fail: 5 unspoken reasons
Why do tech projects fail? While I recently covered this topic from a development standpoint, this article provides some additional insight for IT projects in general from the viewpoint of a longtime IT executive. It’s well worth a read. Continue reading

Weekly recap: Top 7 in-demand tech skills for 2013, how to choose a BI solution, 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 in-demand tech skills, how to choose a BI solution, and more. I hope you find them useful:

Top 7 in-demand tech skills for 2013
Maintaining current skills is one of the most difficult aspects of being an IT professional. If you’re looking to keep your skills up to date, this article outlines which areas to address. Continue reading

Weekly recap: 10 hot IT skills for 2013, the data-less iPad, 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 hot IT skills, small data, and more. I hope you find them useful:

Implement the data-less iPad
Do you want to know the simplest way to ensure that a lost mobile device doesn’t cause a data breach? Don’t store any data on the mobile device. How is this possible? It’s possible with web apps, which access data that’s securely stored on your database, but not on the device itself. And don’t forget that m-Power makes building web apps a breeze. Continue reading

Weekly recap: 8 best cities for IT jobs, business uses for tablets, and more…

EducationEvery Friday, I share the most interesting and useful tech articles that I’ve found over the past week. This week’s top articles cover a wide range of topics, from changing enterprise software to mobile apps to outsourcing and much more. I hope you find them useful:

9 powerful business uses for tablets
You’ve probably heard all the talk about tablets in the business. The real question is: How can my company use tablets? This slideshow shares some great ideas and examples of ways other companies are using tablets in their business. Continue reading

6 IT jobs that will pay well in 2012

EducationEvery so often, it’s good practice to look at which IT jobs are currently in high demand. It gives you a good idea of the latest and greatest trends, and tells you what types of technology other companies deem important.

An interesting side note: I’ve noticed a trend in these lists of popular IT jobs over the years: Java is usually mentioned. After so many years, why is Java still so popular in the business world? In my opinion, because it offers real, bottom-line benefits. For instance:

  • Java doesn’t tie you down: It’s an open platform that works with any back-end system.
  • Java applications are very portable: They easily move from one platform/OS to another.
  • Java is secure: It’s arguably the most secure language.

Tell me what company doesn’t want those things? In fact, the biggest complaint about Java is the long learning curve. Unless you use a tool like m-Power, learning and becoming productive with Java can take a year or two, which makes a good Java developer a high-priced commodity. Continue reading

Top 10 IT challenges right now

EducationIf I took a poll, what do you think IT professionals would say is the biggest challenge facing IT departments today? One of the most common complaints I hear is this: There’s too much to do, but not enough resources to do it. There’s a never-ending stream of projects, but IT departments lack the time, money, staff, or skills to complete all of them.

This leads to bigger problems for individual IT professionals. Between handling current responsibilities, working overtime, and their busy family life, there’s no time to learn new tech skills. They may be great with mainframes, COBOL, RPG, etc…, but when someone asks for modern web or mobile apps, they’re stuck. How does an IT professional translate their skills to the current web/mobile world when there’s no time to learn new skills?

The good news: If you’re in this situation, you’re not stuck. Here’s a great story that explains how one IT department turned their current COBOL programmers into web developers. They found a way to accomplish their goals using their current resources. Continue reading

2012 IT Salary Guide

EducationWant to hear some good news today? Based on the annual salary report from the Robert Half Company, IT salaries are headed upward going into next year. That’s not just a few business leaders giving their opinion, it’s based on a survey of over 1600 CIOs. See, I told you I had some good news.

As you read the Salary Guide, make sure you pay attention to which titles are receiving the highest boosts in salary. That should give you a good indication of what areas business leaders deem important going into 2012. Continue reading

7 key skills new IT grads are lacking

EducationI hear conflicting reports about IT skills in the US. On one hand, I hear that many good IT professionals have lost their jobs to outsourcing. I hear cries to “stop outsourcing American jobs overseas.” It’s even turned into a political battle.

But, on the other hand, I hear companies saying they can’t find qualified workers. They claim to outsource due to the lack of available skills here in the U.S. Which is it? Is that just an excuse to go the cheaper outsourcing route, or have American IT workers largely failed to keep their skills current? Continue reading

9 hot IT skills for 2012

EducationHere’s some good news to brighten your day. Every year, Computerworld.com runs a survey to gauge IT hiring trends for the coming year. This year, their survey showed that IT hiring will increase going into 2012. That’s three straight years of IT hiring increases.

This is welcome news for IT professionals, but I think companies should pay close attention to hiring trends as well. The most in-demand IT skills usually dictate tech trends. They give you insight into which areas other tech leaders have focused their attention. Continue reading