Technology is one area that no one in any industry can afford to grow complacent about--tech is changing so quickly that skills you mastered last year may already be outdated. What skills do you need to keep up?
In such a quickly evolving industry, information decays at a rate of 30 percent a year, according to Research in Labor Economics, rendering nearly a third of last year's tech-related knowledge irrelevant.
On that note, here are the top six tech skills that Pluralsight has identified as not just "nice-to-know," but "need to know," in 2015:
As I've written recently, coding is the number-one skill in demand today worldwide. Although coding and computer science are still marginalized in the K-12 education system, it's clear that the ability to code has become as important as other basic forms of literacy like reading and math. [...]
According to Forbes, big data will continue to grow in 2015, due in part to the rise of the Internet of Things, which has the power to embed technology in practically anything. As ever-larger volumes of data are created, it's vital to know how to collect and analyze that data--particularly when it's related to customer preferences and business processes. [...]
TechRadar reported this month that 2015 will be the year that the cloud becomes the "new normal." [...]
As Six Dimensions states, "If you don't have a mobile strategy, you don't have a future strategy." This has never been truer than in 2015, the year in which The Guardian predicts an increasing number of companies will learn how to mobilize their revenue-generating processes, like making purchases and depositing checks. This is also the year that we'll hit critical mass with the fusion of mobile and cloud computing, according to Forbes. [...]
Data keeps multiplying, which means whatever message you hope to communicate online must find increasingly creative ways to break through the noise. That's where data visualization comes in, which involves using a visual representation of the data to discover new information and breakthroughs. [...]
User experience (UX) designers consider the end user's ease of use, efficiency, and general experience of interfacing with a system (such as a website or application). Smashing Magazine notes that while user experience has long been important, it has become more so recently in relation to the diverse ways that users can now access websites, including mobile and apps. [...]
For those who are in the startup or SMB market, I'd also like to add a few additional recommendations to the author's mix:
- APIs and integration points - as SaaS/PaaS service providers continue to grow, the need to reinvent the wheel is in massive decline. Save yourself, and your organization, time and money by investing in partnerships with other technology providers. A good understanding of how the pieces go together, even at a conceptual level, can turn large problems into no problems.
- Information is everywhere, use it! - Along with the first point and the author's point regarding big data (customer data), become intimately familiar with your servers, applications, and how each are used. Services like Google Analytics, New Relic, Kissmetrics can record almost anything and act upon it. Servers overallocated? Resize to improve costs (or find ways to drive more traffic). Under allocated? Resize up or segment to improve user performance.