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Third platform IT job skills in demand

Companies that are on board with cloud, big data, social and mobile trends seek IT pros with third platform skills, but those IT job skills are rare.

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Many organizations seek IT pros skilled in mobility, social, "big data" and cloud, collectively known as the third...

platform, but people with deep knowledge of emerging technologies are hard to find.

Globally, one-third of employers say it's hard to find IT talent, said Cushing Anderson, program vice president for project-based services at IDC in Framingham, Mass., during the firm's recent webinar, IT Staffing for the Third Platform: Challenges and Opportunities.

"Third-platform opportunities represent all the IT job growth going forward," he said. "This is what IT managers hire for. This is what every IT graduate is moving into."

Dice.com, a recruiting and career development website for technology and engineering professionals in the United States, sees a growing demand for third platform-related jobs. Overall, job postings on Dice are flat, but jobs focusing on new technologies are up, said Rachel Ceccarelli, a spokesperson for Dice Holdings Inc. based in New York. 

Big data jobs are up 143% from July 1, 2012 to July 2, 2013 and Apache Hadoop jobs, one of the key skillsets within big data, are up 85% in that same period, she added. These are the two fastest growing skills on Dice.

People who understand how to build, implement and manage Hadoop, an open-source software framework that provides big data, are very rare, however, said Marianne Kolding, vice president of European services for IDC, who also presented during the webinar.

In addition, cloud-related job postings are up 32% in the same period.

Third-platform opportunities represent all the IT job growth going forward.
Cushing AndersonIDC Corp.

Indeed, a new level of IT skills are needed for building or optimizing cloud environments, Kolding said, though it is too early in the cloud era to determine its impact on the IT job market.

With public and private cloud comes automation, which requires fewer technical skills and resources.  However, IT organizations will need IT workers with the skills to design, build and optimize clouds.

"Generally, the amount of resources for private cloud far exceeds the skills for public cloud," Kolding said.  "We estimate that about 85% of professional services of spending in user organizations on cloud is used on private cloud and companies would need the skills to migrate systems over to cloud."

It's difficult to say whether cloud will increase or decrease jobs, Kolding said. "Over time, we'll see demand for more traditional technologies and operational support declining."

Companies are also evaluating enterprise social networks and need IT pros that are familiar with social platforms.  With the mobility trend there's a growing need for IT pros with mobile application and development skills.

Mobile IT jobs for the iPhone increased 10% from July 2012 to July 2013 and from July 2011 to July 2012, iPhone jobs almost doubled, according to Dice.com. Android jobs also saw a 10% increase from July 2012 to July 2013. From July 2011 to July 2012, Android jobs increased from 1,417 to 2,131.

Mobile application jobs increased slightly at 5% from July 2012 to July 2013. Those increased a bit more from 1,075 to 1,507 during the period of July 2011 to July 2012.

IT certifications for the third platform

Whether formal certifications for emerging technologies matter to employers or not depends on the company.

"[They] don't have to be certified, but have to know what they're doing," said Scot Melland, CEO of Dice Holdings Inc. based in New York City. "They must be willing to learn as the technology is rapidly changing."

A February 2012 Dice Report found that not all certifications are created equal.

"It's up to the tech professional to decide if it's worth the investment," Ceccarelli said. "But, for contractors, certifications carry more weight, specifically because they add merit or help them gain another project with a new company."

Forty-percent of tech consultants said obtaining a certification helped them land a new gig, which is about 10% higher than their colleagues working in traditional roles, she said quoting the report.

Certifications can be helpful though in two respects, said Melland. One is if someone's a tech professional who's trying to update his or her skillset. Another is if someone works for a company whose getting into a new technology and he or she wants to show that they have the skills.

"If you demonstrate you've worked and applied those skills than that's the most valuable asset for an employee," Melland said.

Learning third platform technologies isn't hard and can be pretty cost-effective too, said Melland.

"If you live in a major tech center such as the Boston or Seattle areas, it's likely that a community college might have programs on these big technologies," Melland added.

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Do you plan to acquire "third platform" IT skills? Which ones?
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It's vital to keep current and curate our careers. For me personally, I'm focusing on the mobile space as well as the ways that apps communicate with each other via public APIs. 
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Currently mastering domain: Accessibility.
Platform wise - mobile and wearables.

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agareev, good mention, and something I have likewise been looking at more frequently and with greater interest (i.e. wearables, especially in the fitness tracking, monitoring and reporting realm). As I get more focused on the things that I do, and the time commitment it takes to enter data, process that data and analyze it for decision details, the more interested I am becoming in systems that are able to ingest that data and do some preliminary passes to help make suggestions on what to do next. Still in a very fledgling state, but I'm excited to see what they come up with next :).
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Hadoop and machine learning skills are in my 12 month plan.
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more info please
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The internet has leaped off the traditional RDBMS and multitier architecture into hyperscale distributed systems. I have skilled up in Hadoop, Map Reduce and other 'big data' toolsets so that i can fulfill web-scale analytics and processing tasks.
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What are the prequiste to learning third platform skills?
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because that is going to be focus for the next generation. "Everything within one's palm/hand"
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MAC AND IOS ARE USED EVERY DAY
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Difficult to acquire if company isn't currently working or Prototyping in this space
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they have no real usefullness. good to entertain people and suck up unemployed young IT stuff. But anything that requires constant internet connection is good for nothing.
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Hello I am Kantham Ashok Reddy doing Masters in cloud computing at National College of Ireland. I will be completing my course by September, 2013 and I am searching for job.
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Yes I would like to know more about third platform skills.
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Currently a very low percentage of useful data is only analysed as most of the useful data is in the "unstructured format". Hence a need of analysing all useful data in whatever form it exists.
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Yes, i want to learn these skills
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Yes ,I would love to acquire third platform skills.
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where to acquire that ?
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Yes but its almost impossible to get into the market, let alone the experience.
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Technology is changing everyday. Ongoing training is necessary.
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I may seek training in some aspects of third platform when it is a bit more mature.
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where in Zambia can acquire training in cloud technology?
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Yes, as it is most sought skill in IT industry
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Learning about new technologies open your mind to new ways to manage your current data, security and infrastructure.
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South America starting to become a player in the world business will start looking for third platform skills.
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Big Data rocks
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its transient technology
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I need a list of third party platform skills from which i select my appropriate technologies to learn.
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How came-up with term - third platform?
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Technology evolves with time, IT is nothing different. Its only practical to learn Third Platform skills as these will go a long way in cementing a foothold in today's job market.
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I am switching careers and new to IT. I love to read the articles from SearchSecurity. They help me stay abreast on current skills needed in today's IT workforce.
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