Hot skills and career paths for 2007
In 2006, we looked at hot 13 technical skills. This year,
Idealpeople explore both the top 15 technical skill requirements and the top
8 competencies that will be most sought after by it's consultants in 2007.
Skill 1: Teradata/SAS/BI
|| Hot Skill 2: SOA & Websphere
|| Hot Skill 3: J2EE & JEE5
|| Hot Skill 4: C++ & C#
|| Hot Skill 5: Security & Biometrics
|| Hot Skill 6: e-Procurement & Supply Chain
|| Hot Skill 7: Media
|| Hot Skill 8: User Interface Design
|| Hot Skill 9: Mobile Platforms & J2ME
|| Hot Skill 10: Ajax
|| Hot Skill 11: Linux
| Hot Skill 12: Enterprise Content Management Systems
| Hot Skill 13: Storage & Virtualisation |
| Hot Skill 14: WIMAX |
| Hot Skill 15: VoiceXML |
| Hot Competencies:|
Technical Marketers and Product Managers
New ideas have been sitting untapped and without meeting their potential.
Product Managers are highly sought after to 'own' the products, driving
their success in highly competitive or untested global marketplaces.
Idealpeople help a substantial number of these pioneering people find new
and exciting positions.
Technical Leads and Architects with Management skills
Some Technical Architects have been over protective of their own wisdom and
technical knowledge in the past. With international (offshore) concurrent,
multi-site and 'virtual' teams becoming more commonplace, and a higher focus
on real mentoring and knowledge sharing, Tech Architects are now expected to
come with superb 'people' skills as well as technical gravitas.
Configuration and Build Engineers
As the complexity and capability of IT solutions increases, so does the need
for correct management of it's maintenance and change. Configuration
Management is becoming progressively more sought after as a competency as it
becomes progressively important. Idealpeople have uncommon access to such
roles, often exclusive, unadvertised assignments.
Possibly one of the most difficult roles to perform in IT, Pre-Sales pro's
are an essential conduit between customers and partners to bridge the gap
between the 'Systems and the Sense'. Consequently, Pre-Sales candidates are
in low supply, and will remain in high demand at Idealpeople.
When has an application been tested enough? Answer - it hasn't. Testing
is a route which carries with it, in 2007, a near guarantee of being 'in
demand'. This means very healthy rates and salaries for Testers in 2007,
especially with ISEB qualifications or strong Automation, Web, or Embedded
Software Testing experience.
Channel Sales and Partner Management
Selling to people and to businesses is one thing. Building lasting, often
international relationships with other complex entities is never easy in the
highly competitive world we do business in. Therefore now, and later into
this year, Channel Sales and Partner Managers will be a high demand
competency. Idealpeople understand the delicate mix of skills required to
perform these challenging positions, and can align your expectations with a
host of leading employers.
Idealpeople expect to continue to boast a full orderbook for requirements
software engineers internationally; at all levels of experience with skills
in any platform, any language; embedded, real time, kernel-mode, database,
n-tier, middleware, web and user interface.
Idealpeople expect a continued demand this year for those gifted individuals
who can translate the complex into the coherent and cohesive. In particular,
demand is expected for Authors with API documentation, localization or
systems background, to write material for the technology of tomorrow, today.