Tech Salary Trends
Salaries Continue to Rise, Especially in Key Sectors, for Key Skills
There’s great news in the tech industry as far as salaries go! US Tech Salaries and Bonuses are on the rise. The latest Dice Salary Survey reports a 2% annual salary increase over last year on average. Bonuses were also up for 37% of tech professionals, with a $9,538 bonus on average. Over the last five years, average tech salaries have grown each year – 2010: 0.7%, 2011: 2.4%, 2012: 5.3%, 2013: 2.6%, Read more »
Top Certifications for 2015
Security, Business, Networking, Software/Hardware
Tech skills and certifications are important for all roles from the engineering side to project management. There are several recent surveys that highlight the certifications that are most in demand or that provide the best pay off. This article highlights a few of those surveys (with links to them) as well as discussed general skills trends that Redfish Technology has identified.
According to the UCLA Extension, tech certifications that make the most impact on your career and pay scale are the Microsoft Certified IT Professional, and the Cisco Certified Network Associate. A+, Server+, ACMT are the top hardware/software certifications requested in IT job postings.
The IT professionals merit badge is Read more »
The Network Technology Revolution
What is it?
Jobenomics defines the Network Technology Revolution as “the next generation in digital technology that will transform society and economies. The NTR is characterized by a perfect storm of highly advanced technologies, processes and systems, including big data (zettabytes of data stored in “clouds”), semantic webs (thinking websites), machine learning (systems that can learn from data), mobile robotics (automated machines capable of movement), ubiquitous computing (embedding microprocessors in everyday objects to communicate information without requiring human interaction), national broadband system (bringing high-speed networks to everyone ), and the “Internet of Things” (a world where more things are connected to the Internet than people).”
IDC posits that the Internet of Things Market value could reach $2.3 trillion by the end of 2014, and then grow to over $3 trillion by 2020. According to Gartner the Internet of Things will grow exponentially to 26 billion devices by 2020 Read more »
The Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends to Focus on in 2015 from Gartner
The Gartner symposium showcases analysts’ strategic technology trends with the most potential for impact over the next few years. These trends fall into three broad categories: the merging of the real and virtual worlds, the advent of intelligence everywhere, and the technology impact of the digital business shift.
As David Cearley, vice president & Gartner Fellow stated: “We have identified the top 10 technology trends that organizations cannot afford to ignore in their strategic planning processes. This does not necessarily mean adoption and investment in all of the trends at the same rate, but companies should look to make deliberate decisions about them during the next two years.”
These top strategic technology trends are: Read more »
To advance in your career it’s important to acquire as much knowledge and as many skills as possible. In order to achieve these goals, obtaining certain certification credentials is an outstanding idea. The following four certifications are all surefire ways to advance your career:
Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
The non-profit group ISACA offers the Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control certification, Global Knowledge notes. The program is designed for project managers, IT professionals and other workers whose jobs focus on managing risks with Information Systems controls. Since this certification was introduced about four years ago, almost 20,000 people around the world have earned it. In order to become CRISC certified, you must have three years of experience in several areas the certification process covers, and you must pass a rigorous exam. People who obtain this certification typically earn Read more »
Tech Trends & Opportunities
Redfish Technology works with some very interesting technology companies, and by virtue of this arena we meet a lot of interesting people. Part of the allure of tech recruiting is the opportunity to be involved with so many exciting people and companies, and typically at especially exciting growth phases in their trajectory.
Semantic technology is a great example. Expert System, a unique big data firm specialized in semantic intelligence technology, is a growth-mode client leading the industry with cutting-edge patented technology that allows for semantic differentiation in big data. Read more »
Tech Trends – eLearning / Ed Tech
Coming to a School Near You
The eLearning or Educational Technology is exploding at the moment and it is easy to understand why.
The Common Core Standards Initiative is standardizing K-12 across much of the U.S. creating tons of new opportunity. “We’re at a tipping point,” says John Krull, the Information Technology Officer of the Oakland Unified School District. “It’s sort of a convergence of common core and technology. Those two things have come together to create all this demand.”
The Government initiatives on education mean money is available. Educational spending by the US government is estimated to hit a trillion dollars in 2014. The ConnectED initiative aims to get next-generation connectivity to 99% of American students within five years, Read more »
AdTech Companies are Hot!
Ad technology companies are hot, with some selling for as much as eight times what they earn before taxes. With the massive migration to mobile, there’s a particular run on mobile adtech firms.
Adtech merger and acquisition activity was furious in 2011 (60 deals valued at a total of $4.5 billion according to investment bank Coady Diemar Read more »
The word “cloud” itself implies something intangible, ever changing and, in fact, dreamlike. Where cloud tech is concerned, the combination of the fact that it’s relatively new, as least as product, and that it does entail relinquishing some control in some regards might be putting some business off. Read more »
Crowdfunding Industry Disruption
At a size estimated to be between nearly $4 billion and some estimates indicate up to $300 billion, the crowdfunding market is a game-changer. Innovative companies are using crowdfunding for new ways to self-finance of course.
Peer-to-peer lending platforms such as Prosper, Lending Club and Funding Circle are also providing consumer and small business credit where banks and other institutions are no longer taking as active a role. Read more »