IBM: VARs Must Adapt As Cloud, Mobility To Dominate IT

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Cloud and mobile computing are expected to be the two most sought after technologies come 2015 and solution providers will have to hone new sets of skills to succeed in these areas, a new IBM developerWorks survey has found.

The survey, which queried 2,000 IT developers and specialists, found that 91 percent of respondents anticipate that cloud computing will overtake on-premise computing as the primary way organizations acquire IT in the next five years.

Additionally, the survey found that 55 percent of respondents feel mobile software application development for smartphone platforms like the Apple iPhone and Google Android, and tablets like the Apple iPad, will surpass app development for traditional computing platforms in the next 10 years.

While mobile and cloud computing are the top tech drivers in coming years, the IBM developerWorks' survey also found that social media, business analytics and industry specific technologies will drive IT jobs come 2011.

Additionally, industry- and vertical-specific skills will be increasingly important for IT job seekers, IBM found. Ninety percent of survey respondents said that it is important to possess vertical industry-specific skills for their jobs, yet 63 percent said they are lacking the industry knowledge needed to remain competitive.


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