A host of trends, including rising stakeholder awareness, increasing environmental regulations and rising energy costs are causing many executives to “green” their companies. Many are asking the IT department for solutions to more effectively monitor computer use, restructure system for more economical allocation of server processes, procure equipments from green manufacturers, and recycle or dispose of older devices in a more responsible way, for example through computer take-back initiatives. Generally, the IT department should play a direct role in cutting down a company’s overall carbon dioxide emissions and, consequently, slowing global warming down. Through reduction in CO2 emissions, IT industry can save billions of dollars and garnering more money in electric utilities rebates. More benefits are likely to be offered to the business world, when reducing carbon becomes a more pressing issue and favorable federal mandates are put in place. Specialized positions can be created to fill the demands for IT industry efficiency.
It has been implemented since the sixties but has become widely used only in 21st century; virtualization helps to streamline resources and processes by increasing the utilization rates and flexibility of computers. Virtualization essentially allows you to do a lot more with less effort. Virtual machines allow you to share hardware resources which permit multiple applications and operating systems to run on a workstation.
Virtualization options in IT departments include using open-source apps like Virtual Iron or Xen; and also Microsoft’s Virtual Server, and venerable VMware products. Experts have noted that it can make for a high-performing and much more efficient workplace, in short, virtualization acts as an enabler that help widen improvements in IT infrastructure. Implementing and managing the increasingly varied virtualization may save time and money; however it needs the work of talented IT employees.
Demand for those skills is increasing. Some analysts cited virtualization as the fastest-growing field. A word of caution though, many virtualizations jobs cropping up call for 3 to 5 years of experience, although virtualization technologies were quite scarce five years ago. If this IT field interests you, you should get as many as work experiences for your own advantage.
Real World Web
To IT employees already in the game, the common term “Web 2.0” is nearly outdated; the next big thing is Real World Web. In the meantime, many laypeople and job seekers are still wondering: What’s exactly Web 2.0?
The term “Web 2.0″ was coined in 2004 and describes an evolved technique of organizing online information by relying on the user participation. Although, the original concept of the cyberspace was based on the model of computer-human interaction, it uses the person-to-person interaction model that includes social networking, wikis, and blogs. Websites, and services that draw heavily from database-driven or user-generated content usually qualify as Web 2.0. Popular sites like Facebook, Digg, Wikipedia, and YouTube are classic examples of Web 2.0 sites. By inviting ordinary people to contribute contents (such as encyclopedia entries, videos, bookmarks or articles), those sites have grown rapidly. Wikipedia, for example, suddenly grew to dwarf Encyclopedia Britannica Online. As this concept continues to evolve, many job opportunities have emerged; to many IT pros they are still interesting opportunities.
Real World Web borrows many elements of Web 2.0, but it is focused more on enhancing and supporting real-world activity, instead of replacing Web 2.0. For example, GPS receivers and smartphones have emerged as widely used gadgets for Real World Web activities. Devices powered by iPhone OS, Android and Windows Phone 7 are anticipated to expand this kind of Internet usage.
Advanced and repeated cyber-attacks have governmental organizations and private companies scrambling to secure their databases and networks. Many companies are spending more on security technology, assessments, training, and certification. No wonder, as cyber-attacks continue to threaten the IT industry.
Viruses and worms prey on networked systems, while remote workers tend to expose critical company data to industrial snoopers through holes in weak remote systems. For example, war drivers (those who wander around and identify companies with vulnerable wireless links) access networks to have free online activities.
A major part of data security comes from compliance, ensuring that everyone are following IT standards that keep company files safe. Organizations such as SAP and Microsoft have entered the compliance arena, and other consulting services provide specialized solutions on compliance. Additionally, many big firms have invented another senior IT position, the CCO (Chief Compliance Officer) to oversee compliance implementation. Experts agree that although the scope of present regulations might be immense, additional regulations will without doubt follow.
After consistently lagging behind the business world in consumer-level IT technology and other fields, the U.S. government starts to officially recognize the importance for higher IT security budget. While data security is by no means a new field, it is now entering the maturation period.
The Rise of Business-Savvy Techies
Think you can move forward on your future IT career on technical skill alone? Think again, strong business expertise and communication skills are two most sought after qualities in IT people today.
The often-romanticized notion of one lone wolf system admin plodding through the night dueling with hackers, then, is simply more of a stereotype than a reality. IT professionals are encouraged to collaborate. Modern IT development doctrines specifically focus on teamwork, so that software engineers find themselves partnered off side by side within the same project. Observing one another’s activities can result in more accurate and better design, code, and testing. Even in individualized role such as systems administrator, effective people skills are paramount. There’s a gap between the average end user and IT people. Concepts that IT employees grasp easily are absolutely foreign to the typical end users, and that gap in some areas manifests itself as a disruptive conflict. By cultivating firm relationships with fellow workers and taking the time to understand the business process of your company, you may give your career a huge boost.
It is a stark reality on IT industry. Of course, outsourcing is a good thing for workers in specific geographical areas where skilled employees need good work, however for those who get the pink slip, it will be disastrous. Yet the very practice of skill outsourcing also creates new job opportunities in the IT industry, stimulating the need for progressive and innovative strategies to connect employees from continent to continent. Outsourcing firms are still rising, help-desk services (for example, caller-profiling software to improve the phone calls efficiency), desktop management, data-center services, mainframes, and even on-the-spot supports are their primary offerings. The tide may still be reversed, if the US dollar continues to fall in value against other currencies, IT firms may find it more attractive to set up operations inside United States. Also, remember that one good fact about government IT jobs-both full-time and contractual positions, is that they’re less vulnerable to outsourcing, because those jobs often need security clearances. No matter who is outsourcing where, there’s only one goal: finding affordable but highly skilled IT workers.