Tech Skills You Must Acquire in 2015

Technology advances rapidly. The skills that you learned last year have already become outdated. The only solution to get around this issue is to learn new technologies as they emerge. Continuous learning is crucial to maintaining your competitive advantage. So, what are the tech skills you should master in 2015? Here is our pick.

CODING

The demand for coders continues to increase. It is true that the K-12 education system has not yet recognized the importance of coding, but today, coding skills are as important as reading or arithmetic skills. The good news is that everybody can master basic coding skills. Plenty of websites give coding lessons for free.

BIG DATA

You have heard of big data, haven’t you? Its importance will only grow in the coming years. The alarming speed with which data is created has increased the demand for people who can collect and analyze data. It does not matter which industry you are in. If you ignore big data you will miss great opportunities.

CLOUD COMPUTING

TechRadar says that the ‘cloud’ will become the ‘new normal’ in 2015. But that is not surprising. When information-intensive processes are digitized, costs can be reduced by as much as 90%. Towards the end of this year we can expect to see a lot of hybrid systems in which some applications and information reside on-premises and the remainder resides in the cloud. When you learn the basics of cloud computing, you will improve your collaboration ability and data security.

MOBILE

Organizations that lack a mobile strategy also lack a future strategy. You can no longer ignore the need to mobilize your revenue generating processes.

INFOGRAPHICS

The data keeps multiplying. If you want your message to be heard, you have to communicate it in creative ways. Infographics provide a visual representation of your data. They reveal details that you are unlikely to find if you pore through dry data. You don’t necessarily have to be a great web developer or designer to create nice infographics. Plenty of free tools are available.

UX DESIGN SKILLS

The job of a user experience designer is to enhance the efficiency and experience of using a system like a website or app. Users now access your websites and applications on multiple devices. Consequently, there is a need to optimize your website for various devices.

These trends are shaping the way businesses function. If you have a decent understanding of these skills, you can stay ahead of your competition.

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