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When the information technology sector is on its usual go and we listen to its expansion plans almost daily, it becomes imperative to know what is really in demand. This is more significant for people who plan to venture into this sector as working professionals. Talking about India in specific, this sector has fuelled the nation’s economy. As per National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), India is a global player in providing world class technology solutions and business analysis services.
There are various factors contributing to this growth. NASSCOM has identified these as rapid advancement in technology infrastructure, increasingly competitive Indian organizations, enhanced focus by the government and emergence of new business models. The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has estimated that by the year 2015, India will witness its Internet users mounting from 81 million (in Sep 2010) to 237 million.
With knowing all these facts, it is now wise to discuss the in-demand IT skills as it will help aspiring candidates to move in the right direction. While there are numerous options one can go for, we will discuss what’s most common now-a-days.
Programming & Application Development
Research and studies have shown that most recruiters are planning to hire IT professionals with expertise in programming and applications. This knowledge can be gained in different platforms and JAVA and .NET are the most popular of those.
At Koenig you get options to pursue several certifications on Java technologies. These include OCP-JP, OCP-WCD, OCP-BCD & OCP-JWS.
As far as .Net is concerned, it is a Microsoft programming language that allows for rapid development of powerful web applications with benefits of .Net framework. There are more than 25 options in this domain, including MCPD Web Developer 4, MCPD Windows Developer 4, MCTS Web Application Development with Microsoft.NET, MCTS: Windows Communication Foundation Development with Microsoft.Net etc.
Network Administrators are another sought-after roles in the industry. With the up-gradation of corporations to Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 client, Exchange Server 2010 and SharePoint 2010, companies are looking for experts who can ensure smooth movement of network traffic. Cisco is the one that supports this movement.
A few important certifications in this category are MCITP: Enterprise Administrator (Windows Server 2008), CCNA (R & S), CCNA Voice, CCNA Security etc.
Database Management holds huge relevance as they support key business systems like payroll, manufacturing, sales, transaction processing etc. Programmers are expected to develop programs that efficiently interact with database management system (DBMS). And database administrators are responsible for bringing the full power of database features to bear on business problems. The major players in this foray are Oracle and Microsoft SQL server.
Virtualization & Cloud Computing
The next IT skill that is highly popular in the industry is Virtualization & Cloud Computing. In the current market scenario, companies are looking for skills in storage, networks and desktop. To start with, organizations are setting up cross-functional teams to buy and implement virtualization. However in the long run, cloud computing will be an expected skill set of systems administrators as it touches different aspects of IT.
This is one unaffected domains even during recession times. The security skills expertise includes tasks like identification and access management, threat and vulnerability assessment, encryption, data loss prevention, incident analysis, governance, and compliance and auditing. Biometrics, Web content filtering, and safeguards for voice-over-IP systems are the other abilities companies look for under the Security umbrella. Some popular certifications in this category include Security+, CEH and CISSP.
We hope you found this blog useful. Do get back to us in case of feedback. Our next blog will talk about some important facts of the information technology sector.