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The best IT skill for the 2020s? Become an 'evergreen' learner

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In terms of career opportunities for today's technology professionals, an abundance of skills are in demand across a wide range of platforms, languages, and methodologies. But technology managers and professionals have limited time outside of their regular jobs, gigs, or educational programs. It's a question of where to invest time and resources. To get a picture of what skills will matter in the 2020s, I canvassed industry to get their takes on what is needed. For starters, the "soft" skills will matter in the months and years ahead.


7 in-demand tech skills to master in 2021

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Now that companies are moving beyond the basics of artificial intelligence, IT leaders are looking for people with experience in integrating artificial intelligence (AI) with other technologies such as automation. Expertise in machine learning operations will also be in high demand as companies deploy more algorithms into production which requires ongoing care and feeding. Leah Belsky, chief enterprise officer at Coursera, said many of the in-demand technology skills today will remain the same in 2021. This includes artificial intelligence, Python programming, and data storytelling. She predicts that what will shift significantly is who is learning technology skills and how they are learning them.


What is a software developer? Everything you need to know about the programmer role and how it is changing

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What is a software developer? A developer – also known as a programmer, coder or software engineer – is an IT professional who uses programming languages to create computer software. What do software developers do? Developers write, test, debug and maintain applications. Developer roles can vary widely depending on the type of organisation.


Are No Code and Low Code Answers to the Dev Talent Gap? - InformationWeek

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Enterprises might be able to solve some of their development needs by turning to citizen developers who lack the deep training of professional developers but can work with low-code or no-code platforms. With organizations eager to transform and accelerate development, it might not be practical to wait for new developers to be trained in the latest coding skills to fill the multitude of openings in the market. Experts from Creatio, HackerEarth, and Mendix say there can be ways to give employees and hires from the business side of an organization certain development duties even if their technical expertise is limited. Low-code and no-code platforms typically automate and streamline functions to let the user create solutions and apps quickly and sometimes with no understanding of coding at all. A tradeoff is such apps might not have the robust functions of something built from the ground up by a professional developer.


Developers, DevOps, and cybersecurity: The top tech talent employers are looking for now

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With more companies looking towards a digital-first approach to business going forward, demand for digital skills is on a sharp upwards trajectory. Finding developers, cybersecurity professionals and cloud migration experts is top of the agenda for many hiring managers as organisations look towards long-term growth and sustainability, following a period of rapid transformation. In this special feature, ZDNet examines technology's role in helping business leaders build tomorrow's workforce, and employees keep their skills up to date and grow their careers. The extent of this demand is reflected in a booming tech jobs market. According to CompTIA's June 2021 European Tech Hiring Trends report, employers posted just shy of 900,000 ads for new tech roles in Q1 2021, representing a 40% increase compared to the third quarter of 2021.