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IT workers with strong application and infrastructure skill sets to be in demand for 2013

Jack Loo | Dec. 13, 2012
ERP experts and information security specialists are also well sought after, according to Robert Walters Singapore

With 2013 less than a month away, it is time for members of the IT industry in Singapore to share their predictions on the technology community for the new year. 

Pri Sandhu, Manager IT Commerce Division, Robert Walters Singapore, tells Computerworld Singapore some of his forecasts and reveals what are the popular IT skill sets for 2013.

How will the IT landscape look like for 2013?

IT operational efficiency and mission outcomes will continue to be at the forefront in 2013. With more cloud adoption, companies will be looking to consolidate their infrastructure.

Companies will keep developing their consumer outreach through social technologies and gathering insights for product development, marketing, and customer service.

The key emerging trends for 2013 include social IT, user interface, security, and the Internet. We also see companies accelerating their development on mobile and tablet applications.

What specific IT skills will be popular in 2013?

Infrastructure specialists will still be in demand in areas like data centres, networks, storage and virtualisation. Companies will also be seeking pre-sales consultants within cloud and networking.

Application managers and support analysts predominantly with ERP experience will be in demand. SAP consultants, project managers, IT managers who are strong on both the application and infrastructure front, will also be of interest to companies. Strong and experienced IT security candidates will be sought after.

For IT pros looking to upgrade themselves, what certificates or training will help them earn the much-needed pay increment?

Continuous training, upgrading and getting additional certifications is always a plus especially in this competitive market to help candidates stand out. Some popular certifications include ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library), Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA), Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), VMware Certified Professional (VCP), Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) and CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate).


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