We are down to the final two contenders in this year's bracket battle. Darth Vader and Loki are headed into the arena and once again, only you have the power to determine who will walk out. How will the Frost Giant fare against the Sith? Darth Vader prevailed over a wand, but can he handle a scepter?
We get the sense that many of you are resigned to the inevitable reality Darth Vader has this thing all wrapped up. Not so fast there my pretties...
For you Loki-philes there is plenty of time to gather your minions and get the voting going. Comment, tweet, post updates to facebook (#swbracketbattle; #evillaugh), recruit everyone you know to vote for your chosen leader. Not to leave the Imperial Troops out... but we figured Darth Vader already has y'all mobilized and marching forward.
Our official overlord will be announced on Monday. Vote today!
I’ve talked at length about how technology and skills will fuel the IT career path, including why Hybrid Cloud matters to IT pros. I’ve also talked about how IT generalists, admins with a broad range of IT knowledge (but not very much depth), need to evolve in order to survive. In addition, I have mentioned that two groups of IT professionals are in the best position to not only survive, but thrive. They are the specialists and the versatilists. IT specialists are experts in a particular IT discipline or domain. IT versatilists take it a step further by being experts across a few related IT disciplines. For more context, please refer to my Mission Critical article on the Stack Wars. Note that this write-up is gated. It takes skills and tools for IT pros to provide business utility. With this in mind, the important thing for IT pros to answer is, what skills are companies hiring and paying premiums for?
Rich Hein recently published “Hot IT skills that will get you hired and well-paid” on networkworld.com that highlights survey data from tech job site, Dice.com. The numbers of opportunities and average salaries are tremendous for IT professionals. Below are the breakdown of skills, year-over-year growth, average annual salary, and the number of jobs currently listed on Dice.com.
Below is the 2014-2015 Dice Salary Survey for Big Data skills. The image is from Rich's article.
IT departments are making tough business-driven decisions on their budgetary spend. Don't stand still with your IT skills. Pick up some IT skills mentioned above and help extend the life of your IT career. And one more thing - go get paid!