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Skills revolution imminent for IT workers: SolarWinds
By 2018, the adoption of today’s disruptive technologies will change or re-define 90% of IT roles, according to an IDC Executive Brief commissioned by SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and easy-to-use IT Management products.

The Future of Networks Executive Brief also predicts that by 2018, a third of the top 20 market-share leaders in most industry market segments will have been significantly disrupted by new competitors and/or reinvented incumbents using one or more of what IDC calls the “four pillars of the 3rd Platform”: cloud, Big Data and analytics, mobile technologies, and social networks. Much of that disruption will be driven by faster, more agile methods of product and service development: By 2020, IDC forecasts that more than $5 trillion of global ICT spending will be driven by communities of innovators and entrepreneurs developing new applications for these technologies.

“The full impact of today’s disruptive technology and rapid change, is starting to affect the IT workforce and the IT infrastructure that underpin their operations in businesses of all sizes,” said Suaad Sait, executive vice president, products and markets, SolarWinds. “Technology professionals at all stages of their career have to start thinking of themselves as creators and inventors, not just managers or administrators – which means they’ll need a range of diverse and dynamic skills to remain relevant to their employers.”

“Development skills, particularly in areas like mobile, cloud, virtualisation or social apps, are already taking centre-stage in the hunt for top IT talent. The greatest demand, however, will be for individuals who have the technical nous to derive insights and connections from vast amounts of data; and the entrepreneurial perspective needed to convert those insights into applications with meaningful impact on businesses and communities alike.”

According to the IDC Executive Brief, more than 80% of “killer apps” on the 3rd Platform will be data-intensive by 2018, often harnessing real-time information from social networks. IDC forecasts that Australia’s Big Data market will grow to be worth more than $530m by 2017, which represents a 27.7% five-year compound annual growth rate.

The resultant growth in data traffic means IT managers will require new modes of securing and managing additional bandwidth to maintain the performance of business critical applications. Future of Networks suggests that despite the ongoing rollout of the NBN, only 43% of premises will have speeds of 25Mbps or higher by 2016, however, IDC is forecasting growth in innovative alternatives to fibre such as Ethernet over Copper.

The Executive Brief states that ‘Enterprises will continue to have to throw additional bandwidth at their networks, as well as to add intelligence to these networks - to be able to handle traffic flows, complex application and quality-of service requirements and to ensure applications align with and are responsive to future business needs.’

“Business success will be decided not by how big you are, but how quickly you can respond to customer needs and market gaps, whether you’re talking about procuring sufficient network bandwidth or developing data-intensive applications,” said Sait. “If you want your business to survive, you’ll need more flexible and fluid strategies that can rapidly adapt based on the latest intelligence, instead of being left behind by process and procedure.”

“IT leaders can’t afford to be fixated on one platform or another: instead, they’re better off investing in refreshing and acquiring the skills base that can not only generate big ideas, but translate them, based on the impact of the rapid evolution of technologies, into the permutations of data, software, and networks that can solve real-world problems,” concluded Sait.

To access the Future of Networks Executive Brief in full, please visit: http://solarwinds-marketing.s3.amazonaws.com/solarwinds/PDFs/IDC_SolarWinds.PDF
Published Tuesday, June 10, 2014 6:36 AM by David Marshall
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