IT Career Skills Series: Network Engineer

In the digital age, required skill sets are constantly changing. You may be looking to upskill your current team or hire new talent to fill those skill gaps. Or maybe you’re looking to elevate your own skills and career. Whatever your goals, welcome to the IT Career Skills Series. In this 10 part series, we will breakdown the top skills for each role your need on your IT dream team.

The network infrastructure refers to all the communication paths and services between users, processes, applications, services, external networks and the internet. An organization’s network impacts every aspect of the business. It is the role of the network engineer to ensure the network is up, running and optimized for peak performance at all times.

Many believe the role of a Quality Assurance (QA) engineer consists only of writing test plans and banging on keys. No skills required other than reading a user manual and checking boxes. In reality, the job is much more complex, requiring a unique combination of technical skills and human traits.   

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Allison Davis
How Can Data Accelerate Change Management?

Change is inevitable, especially in today’s evolving digital economy. The majority, if not all, organizations will undergo a transformation in the coming years. This could be the result of a merger or acquisition, a product expansion, a strategic pivot, or a digital transformation. 

We wanted to explore how leveraging data in your change management approach can help combat several challenges business leaders face that contribute to the 70% failure rate. To investigate how data can elevate your approach to change management, we sat down with two experts: Cynthia Siewert and Tammy Marino MBA, Ed.D. 

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Allison Davis
IT Career Skills Series: QA Engineer

In the digital age, required skill sets are constantly changing. You may be looking to upskill your current team or hire new talent to fill those skill gaps. Or maybe you’re looking to elevate your own skills and career. Whatever your goals, welcome to the IT Career Skills Series. In this 10 part series, we will breakdown the top skills for each role your need on your IT dream team.

Many believe the role of a Quality Assurance (QA) engineer consists only of writing test plans and banging on keys. No skills required other than reading a user manual and checking boxes. In reality, the job is much more complex, requiring a unique combination of technical skills and human traits.   

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Allison Davis
IT Career Skills Series: Web Application Security Officer

In the digital age, required skill sets are constantly changing. You may be looking to upskill your current team or hire new talent to fill those skill gaps. Or maybe you’re looking to elevate your own skills and career. Whatever your goals, welcome to the IT Career Skills Series. In this 10 part series, we will breakdown the top skills for each role your need on your IT dream team.

Web application security positions have many titles associated with them. Call it what you want, but the main objective of this position is to defend web applications and their digital assets from cyber-attacks.

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Allison Davis
IT Career Skills Series: Cloud Architect

n the digital age, required skill sets are constantly changing. You may be looking to upskill your current team or hire new talent to fill those skill gaps. Or maybe you’re looking to elevate your own skills and career. Whatever your goals, welcome to the IT Career Skills Series. In this 10 part series, we will breakdown the top skills for each role your need on your IT dream team.

A cloud architect pulls together cloud resources to solve business requirements. The cloud architect not only envisions, strategizes and guides the cloud initiative and culture in an organization, but must also design, facilitate and lead cloud projects.

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Allison Davis
IT Career Skills Series: Data Engineer

In the digital age, required skill sets are constantly changing. You may be looking to upskill your current team or hire new talent to fill those skill gaps. Or maybe you’re looking to elevate your own skills and career. Whatever your goals, welcome to the IT Career Skills Series. In this 10 part series, we will breakdown the top skills for each role your need on your IT dream team.

We jokingly say “Pay no attention to that man (or woman) behind that curtain of data!” when really you should. Pull back that curtain and you will find a data engineer and that data engineer needs one gigantic bag of tricks.

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Allison Davis
IT Career Skills Series: IT Project Manager

In the digital age, required skill sets are constantly changing. You may be looking to upskill your current team or hire new talent to fill those skill gaps. Or maybe you’re looking to elevate your own skills and career. Whatever your goals, welcome to the IT Career Skills Series. In this 10 part series, we will breakdown the top skills for each role your need on your IT dream team.

IT project managers are responsible for managing work done by a team of people. Many people think an IT project manager is a jack of all trades and a master of all too. But is that really true or does it just seem that way? Truthfully, successful IT project managers have only mastered a small set of extremely powerful skills.  

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Allison Davis
IT Career Skills Series: DevOps Engineer

In the digital age, required skill sets are constantly changing. You may be looking to upskill your current team or hire new talent to fill those skill gaps. Or maybe you’re looking to elevate your own skills and career. Whatever your goals, welcome to the IT Career Skills Series. In this 10 part series, we will breakdown the top skills for each role your need on your IT dream team.

DevOps Engineers are a hot commodity these days. Companies are rapidly adopting DevOps due to its benefits in speed, quality, and performance. And they need experts to lead the way. The DevOps Engineer role is one of the highest paying jobs in the world earning an average salary of over $121,000.

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Allison Davis
Avoid A Sinking Ship With Skills Planning

Will Modern Businesses Meet The Same Fate As The Titanic? 

The RMS Titanic was a modern marvel when it embarked on the doomed maiden voyage in 1912. Despite four decades of sea-faring experience, Captain E.J. Smith ignored seven warnings from his crew and other ships in the area confirming hazardous conditions In the time leading up to this journey.  

Captain Smith shared, “I cannot imagine any condition which would cause a ship to founder. I cannot conceive of any vital disaster happening to this vessel. Modern ship-building has gone beyond that.” We will never know all the factors that contributed to the decisions made that night; however, we do know that there was an undeniable level of complacency and misplaced confidence. 

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Allison Davis
IT Career Skills Series: Back-End Developer

In the digital age, required skill sets are constantly changing. You may be looking to upskill your current team or hire new talent to fill those skill gaps. Or maybe you’re looking to elevate your own skills and career. Whatever your goals, welcome to the IT Career Skills Series. In this 10 part series, we will breakdown the top skills for each role your need on your IT dream team.

What Does a Back-End Developer Do? Back-end development can be described in three major components: a server, an application and a database.

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Allison Davis
IT Career Skills Series: Front-End Developer

In the digital age, required skill sets are constantly changing. You may be looking to upskill your current team or hire new talent to fill those skill gaps. Or maybe you’re looking to elevate your own skills and career. Whatever your goals, welcome to the IT Career Skills Series. In this 10 part series, we will breakdown the top skills for each role your need on your IT dream team.

We are kicking off our IT Career Skills Series with Front-end Developers. Front-end Development is one of the most in demand roles of 2019 with 3.2 million job openings.

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Allison Davis
Why You Should Invest In Skills Planning

As we enter the digital age, how we conduct business is changing. Business leaders are rapidly adopting new technology and automation to drive greater operational efficiencies and win more business. We are also seeing major changes in the skills required to succeed in this digital environment, resulting in a growing skills gap for many industries. 

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Allison Davis
5 Lessons to Learn from Amazon's Investment in Upskilling

In early July, Amazon made waves with its announcement that the company will pledge over $700 million to upskill more than 100,000 of its U.S. employees. Amazon's big move comes during a critical shift in the U.S. workforce. 

An urgent need for new digital skills and a small talent pool leaves a massive skills gap in our workforce. People cannot keep up with the pace of digital transformation, while employers are struggling to recruit people with the right skills to adopt new technology.  Amazon recognizes these changes and is taking proactive steps to lead their company into the future of work. By investing in upskilling their employees now, they are setting the stage for long-term, sustainable success in the digital age.  

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Allison Davis
How to Avoid A Skills Gap in a Growing Venture

The skills gap is growing problem facing numerous industries. No company, big or small, is exempt from a potential skills shortage, particularly in technical skills. According to a recent study, 60% of U.S. employers have job openings that stay vacant for 12 weeks or longer. On average these vacancies are costing businesses up to $800,000 annually. 

However, the implications of a skills gap takes on a different, often more intense meaning for a growing venture than an established corporation.

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Allison Davis
6 Steps to Use Visual Data to Build Effective Employee Growth Plans

Focusing on employee growth is crucial to the success of any organization. While engagement is important, investment in hard and soft skills will return exponential benefits in productivity and performance. 

There are also several indirect benefits to Skills Planning, like talent retention, that contribute to your company’s competitive advantage and bottom line. The top reason people left their jobs in 2018 was boredom. Employees didn’t feel like their managers were challenging them enough, so they sought career growth elsewhere. Additionally, a recent survey found 42% of respondents highlighted learning and professional development as the most important factors when deciding where to work. 

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Allison Davis
4 Ways Data Visualization Can Improve Your Decision Making

Every day, business leaders are responsible for decisions that impact the outcomes of their organizations. Some of these decisions can hold massive implications. Luckily in the digital era, big data has led the way and empowered leaders to make better, data-driven decisions.  

Big data allows businesses to leverage massive quantities of information. We produced 2.5 quintillion bytes of data per day. While new technology offers us the means of collecting lots of data, the information renders useless if we cannot turn it into actionable insights.

Enter data visualization: a graphical representation of information and data.

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David Ingram
How Skills Planning Can Enhance M&A Synergies

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) offer an effective strategy for companies looking to enhance their competitive advantage and bottom line. According to the Institute of Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances, the number of M&A deals decreased by 8% in 2018. However, the average value of these deals has increased to 3.8 trillion USD.

These numbers show us that the financial stakes of M&As are higher than ever, and the importance of achieving post-merger synergies is vital to the long-term success of the companies involved.

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Allison Davis
Why The Skills Gap Is Still Growing

As industries continue to move towards a new, digital era of work, the skills gap continues to grow across the workforce. To give you an idea of the extent of the gap, take a look at some of these staggering statistics:

  • 60% of U.S. employers have job openings that stay vacant for 12 weeks or longer (Careerbuilder)

  • Nearly 80% of Americans agree there is a skills gap, and more than 35% say it affects them personally (Udemy)

  • The skills gap could leave a damaging $2.5 trillion impact on the U.S. economy over the next decade (Deloitte)

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Allison Davis
Why Your Employees Want You To Focus on Career Growth, Not Just Engagement

Employee engagement has become an overused buzzword and often misinterpreted as only developing "engaging" cultures that keep employees happy. Statistics tell a different story.

In 2018, it was predicted that 42 million employees would leave their jobs.

Why are these statistics so dismal if employers are emphasizing employee engagement?

According to a recent poll of nearly 5,000 professionals, the top reason people are looking for a new job is that they are bored. Employees don't feel like they are challenged enough and are seeking new means of professional growth.

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Allison Davis