In a rapidly changing world economy, it’s a question that’s consistently at the top of everyone’s mind: what job skills do I need, and which will get me a job? Hunting for a job requires not only a specific set of strategies and techniques, but also a strong sense of confidence in your abilities. But it’s those abilities – which abilities, specifically – that hang up a lot of jobseekers.

We’ve dug into this very topic before, and provided some insight into which job skills will get you hired this year. As the economy is constantly shifting and evolving, and churning undercurrents of consumer behavior call for different types of workers creating and supplying different products and services, it can be really difficult to know what employers want. We’re here to be a compass of sorts, and outline a handful of skills that employers are really scouring the labor market for in 2017, which should give you a leg-up in your job search.

While there will always be a need (until the robot take-over, that is) for menial, low-wage work, if you’re truly looking to give your career a shot in the arm, you’re going to need to put in some time on the side. Investing in yourself by learning new skills can lead you to new, unanticipated opportunities, and ultimately put a lot more money in your pocket. If you want to get serious about improving your earnings potential, this is the place to start.

So, what are employers looking for, and what skills do you need to make yourself an attractive candidate? Read on to find out.

1. Social skills

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As we covered a little while back, social skills are becoming increasingly important in more and more organizations. At one time, this set of skills was overlooked – even seen as a hindrance to productivity. But as time marches on, managers and team leaders are recognizing the importance of social skills, and how they can shape a workplace. The main reason? Human interaction is hard to automate, and almost impossible for a computer to mimic. As automation kicks in, and social connections become more scarce, they’ll naturally increase in value.

2. Industry-related programs

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If you know what specific job or industry you’re gunning for, then you’re going to want to have a tool chest full of skills tailored for it. And in a world in which knowledge and software skills are as important as ever, figuring out which programs and skills you’ll need is paramount to getting hired. We put together a recent list of which programs are on employers’ wish lists for this year, so take a look and see which are relevant to your career track. Knowing these programs intimately will give you a big leg-up during the hiring process.

3. Development

Google software developers

These days, the word “developer” means so much more than someone who builds condos. And developers of all stripes are in high demand. In our case, we’re referring specifically to software and web developers, both of which possess skill sets that are highly sought-after by many big, flourishing companies. If this is a career track you’re interested in pursuing, go back to the previous item on our list, and figure out which software programs you need to be well-versed in to start getting successful interviews behind you.

4. Design

Software designer

In the same way that developers are a hot commodity, so are designers. Designers possibly come in more stripes than developers, as there are graphic designers, software designers, game designers – hell, even fashion companies and automotive manufacturers need designers. Needless to say, the world needs designers. If you want to get specific, the world needs web designers, and algorithm designers. These are skills that will not only land you a job, but likely a pretty high salary.

5. Information security

Information security sign

We don’t often go a week or so without hearing about some giant data breach, which typically puts the personal information for millions of people at risk. It’s happened to big corporations like Target, and it’s even happened to government agencies. Because data is so valuable – and because so many people are out there trying to steal it – information security is something that every organization is quickly trying to beef up. That means there’s a need for information security professionals, leaving an opportunity to learn the skills and get hired.

Author:  Sam Becker

Source:  http://www.cheatsheet.com/money-career/5-new-jobs-skills-employers-are-looking-for-in-2017.html/6

Categorized in Online Research

Automation, quantum computing and the Internet of Things are among the trends that will influence the server market in 2017

1. Automation

According to Spiceworks’ annual IT budget survey, 64% of organisations plan on making no staffing changes to their IT department in 2017. With this in mind, IT managers are going to have to start automating activities in order to keep up with their workload. Automation will also need to ultimately advance from scripting when required towards heuristic evaluation (automation based on data).

2. Remote working and BYOD

BYOD is already commonplace in many work environments and as a growing number of employees are sharing sensitive documents and data between devices and locations, security risks increase. Secure containers are an increasingly popular method of securing sensitive information instead of relying on employees having devices with adequate native security protection.

Secure container applications are available on most mobile devices running on the typical operating systems (Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows). This can help to save an organisation money too, with some employees preferring to be able to access their personal and work information from one device, providing it is kept separate, making the ‘work phone’ a redundant purchase. Although they can’t replace mobile device management strategies, secure containers certainly have their uses.

3. The Internet of Things

Connected devices are set to take off in a big way in 2017, and with this new way of living comes additional capacity, security and analytical requirements. Many devices classed as IoT will rely on vast amounts of data being stored safely and analysed in real-time. We will be producing more data than ever before and it will have to be stored somewhere.

4. Quantum computing

Although mainstream quantum computing is in a future more distant than 2017, it is something that should definitely be on the minds of IT managers, particularly those at large enterprises. Unsurprisingly, Google aims to be an early adopter of quantum computing, with them announcing in 2016 that they are working on building a ‘quantum computing supremacy’.

5. Software-defined storage

Virtualisation is considered quite a mature concept now, but the emergence of a new buzz term that seems synonymous with the concept has thrown some confusion into the mix. That buzz term is ‘software-defined storage’.

Software-defined storage involves separating the data plane and control plane, so that the control plane can also command other pieces of foreign storage. This allows IT managers to create a respectable storage solution without the need for high-performance hardware.

Unsurprisingly, this is becoming a popular solution with medium-sized businesses that need to scale but lack the budget to purchase high-performance storage solutions.

6. Hyper-converged storage

Hyper-convergence is another term that often gets confused with software-defined storage in the marketplace as they both provide similar storage management features.

Software-defined storage is just storage, whereas hyper-convergence incorporates storage, compute, networking, virtualisation and other technologies into a ‘box’. It may also be referred to as ‘cluster-in-a-box’ or ‘infrastructure-in-a-box’.

Gone are the days that medium-sized businesses need to find somewhere to house their mis-matched pieces of hardware each time they require expansion or upgrade. A converged infrastructure takes up much less floor space.

Some cluster-in-a-box solutions are also designed for people to set up without the specialist need for IT skills, something set to be huge for the server space in 2017.

Author:  Ben Rossi

Source:  http://www.information-age.com/7-changes-facing-enterprise-network-2017-123463512

Categorized in Future Trends

The Internet of Things and big data technologies have progressed enormously in 2016 – and 2017 is set to be a year when more enterprise use cases come to fruition

1. Rise of the Internet of Things architect

The IoT architect role will eclipse the data scientist as the most valuable unicorn for HR departments. The surge in IoT will produce a surge in edge computing and IoT operational design.

“Thousands of resumes will be updated overnight,” says Dan Graham, Internet of Things technical marketing specialist at Teradata. “Additionally, fewer than 10% of companies realise they need an IoT analytics architect, a distinct species from IoT system architect. Software architects who can design both distributed and central analytics for IoT will soar in value.”

2. Significant increase in the move to hybrid architectures

“Test/dev and disaster recovery will be the main components of a company’s environment that will be moved to the cloud, and production continuing to remain on premises,” says Marc Clark, director of cloud strategy and deployment at Teradata.

3. Deep learning moves out of the hype zone and into reality

Deep learning is getting massive buzz recently. Unfortunately, many people are once again making the mistake of thinking that is a magic, cure-all bullet for all things analytics, according to Bill Franks, chief analytics officer at Teradata.

“The fact is that deep learning is amazingly powerful for some areas such as image recognition,” says Franks. “However, that doesn’t mean it can apply everywhere. While deep learning will be in place at a large number of companies in the coming year, the market will start to recognise where it really makes sense and where it does not.”

By better defining where deep learning plays, it will increase focus on the right areas and speed the delivery of value.

4. More augmented reality-based products

Waze and PokemonGo are just the start. Imagine leaving breadcrumbs across your life journey.

“You leave a breadcrumb at the grocery store so next time you buy some taco shells,” says John Thuma, director at Teradata. “You walk into the store two days later, and an alarm goes off telling you to buy taco mix. Augmented reminders, augmented notation and augmented journey maps.

5. The battle for low power, wide area (LPWAN) networking will be fought

A research study from Business Insider estimates that 700 million IoT devices will be connected over LPWAN standards by 2021. Why? Because LPWANs will help IoT to take off.

“2016 was a year of big hype and little progress,” says Zach Supalla, CEO at Particle. “There’s a clear barrier of cost and power consumption when it comes to IoT products and if we can get these two pain points down, IoT will explode. LPWANs connect devices over a larger geographic area and use less power and those companies who can leverage these assets the best, will win out.”

6. Greater consolidation in the IoT market

The IoT market will see more consolidation as technology and processes improve.

Much like natural selection, the strongest ones will survive while the smaller players are gobbled up to build out more robust portfolios.

SAP just acquired an enterprise-grade IoT solution last month and Cisco made waves in February when it purchased Jasper Technologies for $1.4 billion.

“The rate at which these tech giants purchase startups will only increase as they continue to thirst for the innovation so many of these young companies are born from,” says Supalla.

7. A year of honing IoT talent

2017 will be a “team-building year” for many in the IoT space, says Supalla. Investments will be made in fostering internal talent and attracting the right external hires to address the complex needs of launching a connected product.

8. Striving for integration and security

Companies will continue to strive for integration while maintaining security – connecting business units and vertical industries such as marketing, healthcare and financial services, instead of restricting access to a handful of data scientists.

“Enterprises will finally be able to speak about big data in terms of ROI,” says Sushil Thomas, co-founder and CEO, Arcadia Data, “and not be limited to a TCO-only conversation that has surrounded it thus far.”

9. More businesses turn to Hadoop to scale

Organisations trying to scale their existing BI platforms to big data size will hit a brick wall with legacy analytics tools.

Research firms like Forrester have seen increasing interest from enterprises not only moving their data to Hadoop, but also running analytical applications on Hadoop clusters.

“Running BI natively on Hadoop allows analysts and business users to drill down into raw data, run faster reports and make informed decisions based on real-time data instead of abstracts,” says Sushil Thomas, co-founder and CEO at Arcadia Data.

10. New BI use cases will become the norm

“These will include city traffic services reacting to sensors in cars, bringing real-time and streaming data to the forefront in enterprises,” says Thomas.

Author:  Ben Rossi

Source:  http://www.information-age.com/10-predictions-internet-things-big-data-2017-123463379

Categorized in Internet of Things

Facebook has risen to the top spot among tech companies on the annual Glassdoor Best Places to Work U.S. rankings.

That seems fitting for the company in a year when it is taking on Slack, Microsoft-owned Yammer, and other workplace collaboration platforms with its own Facebook Workplace.

Facebook’s Head of People, Lori Matloff Goler, told TechCrunch that the social media giant focuses on being a “strengths-based organization” and wants to be known as an employer that “takes good care of its people overall.”

She said, “Most employees speak favorably about their ability to have a real impact here. Many talk about the flexibility in the way we work.

Your manager is there to care for you, set context and help you play to your strengths, give you feedback and goals, but let you do whatever you need to get there. It’s not about how much time you spend in the office.

This is great for families but was inspired by engineers who, as you know, like to or need to work at different hours and are not seated at their desks all the time.”

Facebook also offers a very attractive parental leave package, she noted.

Glassdoor compiles compensation data, reviews and ratings by employees about the companies where they work. It makes money through paid job listings, recruiting and employer branding services. Its data sample comes from employees who self-select to offer information there.

Last year’s top-ranked tech venture, Airbnb, plummeted 34 spots in Glassdoor Best Places to Work 2017.

According to Glassdoor Community Expert, Scott Dobroski, that was largely due to written reviews from employees who said there has been an increasing amount of bureaucracy and decreasing amount of transparency from senior leaders in the company as it has grown.

The sharing economy’s top lodgings business still attained an overall 4.2 rating, out of 5 possible, from employees and did make the list of Best Places to Work U.S.

He also said Facebook made the list for the seventh time and topped the tech category because employees raved about their employer, overall, especially around compensation and benefits and perks that make day to day life easier like free meals or transportation.

When it comes to Facebook’s areas for improvement, Glassdoor data suggests the company could afford its people greater work-life balance. On a scale from one to five, Facebook employees rated work-life balance at their company around 3.8 compared to Google’s 4.1 rating in the category.

Google got slightly lower marks than Facebook on compensation and benefits with a rating of 4.4.

Other areas where employees were asked to score their companies included: career opportunities, culture and values, senior leadership, how strongly they’d recommend their employer to a friend, and the business outlook for their employer.

Whether Facebook can stay atop the list, or perhaps even top it overall and not just among tech employers remains to be seen.

The future of human resources at Facebook will be about “personalization,” Goler said.

“Students in middle and high school right now have grown up on shared platforms where they can customize their feeds, whether that’s on Instagram, or Facebook…They’ll enter the work world thinking it should feel similar to those consumer products.”

In total, 20 tech companies made the Glassdoor Best Places to Work 2017 list for the U.S.

Here they are, with their rankings and overall company score, as provided by Dobroski:

Facebook (#2, 4.5)
Google (#4, 4.4)
World Wide Technology (#5, 4.4)
Fast Enterprises (#6, 4.4)
LinkedIn (#8, 4.4)
Adobe (#9, 4.3)
Paylocity (#14, 4.3)
SAP (#15, 4.3)
MathWorks (#16, 4.3)
Salesforce (#17, 4.3)
Intuit (#20, 4.3)
Docusign (#23, 4.3)
Concur (#24, 4.3)
Akamai (#25, 4.3)
Zillow (#29, 4.2)
NVIDIA (#30, 4.2)
Airbnb (#35, 4.2)
Apple (#36, 4.2)
Microsoft (#37, 4.2)
Texas Instruments (#42, 4.2)

Author:  Lora Kolodny

Source:  https://techcrunch.com

Categorized in Internet Technology

It is never too early to plan for your next travel destination for 2017. So, get your travel shoes ready and get inspired with the top trending destinations for next year.

According to the experts in Booking.com, people have been searching and booking for the places below for 2017 travels. With this data analysis, you do not have to knock your head off for travel ideas since everything is rounded up for you and served on a silver platter.

Kyoto, Japan is increasingly becoming popular in the recent years. The city has emanated the perfect blend of modernization and ancient history. It is the center of technology while housing serene Buddhist shrines, panoramic gardens, and cozy tea houses. The city offers a vast array of Michelin-starred restaurants and shopping options to suit your different tastes.

Reykjavik, Iceland offers an exceptional experience for travelers. Reykjavik is an eccentric place that gives tourists a novel experience. You can bar and cafes that are quaintly welcoming with its warm facade and quirky collector's items. You can even visit the 'Icelandic Phallological Museum' or the penis museum. Or if you are a 'Star Wars' fan, the Café Babalu has toilets themed to this famous movie franchise. Visit the Reykjavík Cathedral if you want to appreciate vibrant arts and architecture. And remember, Reykjavik is also famous for its 'Northern Lights'.

Savannah, United States is a perfect place to visit if you want to experience Southern charm and hospitality. Do not forget this is the place where the famous gumbo and boiled crawfish originated. Savannah's heritage and cuisine is an age old testament to historical influences. You can drown yourself in its culinary wonders and paradisiacal sceneries of grand architecture and weeping willows.

Mumbai, India is a whole new wonder on its own. This is a city that is so rich in culture that you can drown yourself in it for months end. With its vibrant energy and organized chaos, it is definitely 'one for the books'. Mumbai also features a conspicuous sense of history and spirituality that you cannot help but feel attracted to. The art galleries, museums, temples and even world-class restaurants all help give Mumbai its reputation as one of the top travel destinations of 2017.

Cairns, Australia is one destination that you should definitely go to next year. This city provides the perfect gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. And, people should know by now that this phenomenal wonder is disappearing. So, do not wait for any further and head over to Cairns and splurge in its sheer wonder while you still can. This is also the perfect spot if you want to explore an underwater world full of rare species and plethora of colors.

Author:  Naj Gulanes

Source:  http://www.travelerstoday.com

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