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Every year, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) releases its IT Outlook Report. This reports details how the economy will affect the IT industry, the growing trends and hot topics that everyone will be talking about as well as provides job outlooks and some of the new titles that you might see arising because of emerging technologies.

Lastly, it’s a great place for IT managers to catch a glimpse of technologies that should be on their radar if they aren’t already. Let’s break down some of the major points outlined in this year’s CompTIA Industry Outlook.

What’s New?

Some of the hottest technologies outlined in this year’s report are cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS). Everyone wants to move to the cloud and have pieces of their network or their entire network floating in a virtual cloud out in cyberspace. This lets companies pay someone else to be their IT department and removes much of the costs and obstacles of maintaining their networks. Also, if they need to scale their networks up or down, they can easily do so. This also means security is managed by someone else and that they will shoulder the accountability if there is a breach.

Who’s Getting Hired?

Companies moving their infrastructure to the cloud is boosting the demand for professionals with traditional IT skills. Most companies that are looking to pursue new high-tech initiatives need to bolster their existing infrastructures before they can tackle new technologies. To do this, they will need to have their existing products tuned and their data streamlined. So, while it’s a great time to be a professional specializing in emerging technologies, it’s also a good time for the existing professionals skilled in older technology components.

The economic boom of the first quarter of 2017 is also fueling the technology industry because companies have more available capital to spend on hiring additional IT staff and implementing new IT initiatives. Companies are more likely to move forward on new projects that they have been tabling in recent years. Also, the demand for IT professionals is outpacing the supply of new IT pros coming out of college, which is driving up salaries. Because there are so many new opportunities competition is rising between companies to hold on to their currently trained and skilled staff.

The report mentioned that almost 40 percent of the current skilled workforce will be retiring over the next ten years and the supply of new professionals is nowhere near the numbers needed to replace them. We are witnessing another boom for IT hiring like we haven’t seen since the late nineties and early two thousands.

Where are IT Professionals Working?

Lastly, the report identified the emerging trend of remote collaboration between employees. Employees now have multiple options that allow them to work together without the need for them to reside in close proximity. Shifting demographics have produced the growth of telecommuting and flexible work arrangements. More team-based organizational hierarchies have also made the need for expensive brick and mortar resources a thing of the past. Cloud based computing and collaboration tools give employees the flexibility to work together from anywhere and be up and running in as little time as it takes them to fill out a registration web page.

Since the virtual network resides in the cloud and all of the scalability and security is managed by someone else as a service, companies don’t even need to have a physical location that requires employees to commute to every day. The overall operating costs of running a business goes down, while the productivity and job satisfaction of employees goes up. It is truly an amazing time to be an IT professional.

These are just some of the high-level points outlined by the CompTIA IT Industry Outlook for 2017. Check out the full report to get more in-depth information on emerging IT trends for 2017. To take advantage of this boom in IT, bolster your IT background with an updated or new IT certification from ONLC Training Centers.  

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