The 15 highest paying IT certifications in 2017

  • Security-related certifications pay on average over $17,000 per year more than the median IT certification salary.
  • Citrix certifications have annual salaries that range from $99,411 to $105,086 with a median salary of $102,365.
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate is paying a median salary of $125,091.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications are the most pervasive, with 730,000 active PMPs in 210 countries and territories worldwide.

These and many other insights about the highest-paying certifications this year are from Global Knowledge’s latest research on...

By Louis Columbus, 20 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Developers, Security.

The key cloud certifications needed to boost your career in 2017

The cloud skills gap is widening and almost 40% of businesses are now struggling to find the qualified employees they need, according to Microsoft’s recent Cloud Skills Report. This is an incredible opportunity for professionals who can prove their cloud knowledge.

Determined professionals validate their knowledge and set themselves apart from the competition with training and certifications. The same report from Microsoft also found that tech leaders believe professionals with formal qualifications in cloud...

By Alex Bennett, 12 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Developers, Microsoft.

Tencent gears up for greater GPU acceleration and AI possibilities with NVIDIA

Tencent’s cloud computing services will be beefed up with GPU accelerators from NVIDIA to ‘help advance artificial intelligence for enterprise customers’, the companies have announced.

The collaboration will include plugging Tencent’s cloud into NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture to connect multiple GPUs, as well as offering services incorporating Tesla P100, P40 and M40 GPU accelerators.

In other words, this means companies on Tencent’s cloud will be able to harness features...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Developers, Platform.

Adobe and Microsoft expand cloud partnership and launch joint solutions

Adobe and Microsoft have announced the first set of joint solutions to ‘help enterprises transform their customer experiences’, with Adobe’s Experience Cloud combining alongside Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365 and Power BI products.

Those with good memories will recall an announcement made last September which confirmed Azure would become the preferred cloud platform for Adobe’s...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Microsoft, Software.

Hybrid IT becoming ‘standard enterprise model’ but playbook still being worked out

The good news: enterprises are beginning to use technologies such as software defined networking (SDN) and containers in production scenarios. Yet according to a new study from Dimension Data, management of hybrid IT environments remains a key challenge with automation the key.

The report, which polled 1,500 IT decision makers across four continents, found different motivators by region for utilising hybrid IT – defined here as ‘the usage of multiple deployment models to deliver a single workload...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Hybrid, Platform.

If you can’t take your lab to the cloud – bring your cloud to the lab

The pace of change today dictates that almost every organisation of a business move fast and compete, or face disruption. With technology playing such a central role regardless of the type of business, there’s considerable focus on adopting software as an organisational lubricant and various cloud-based models to facilitate operational simplicity and ease of consumption.

Over the past decade considerable organizational energies have been spent on data center optimization, automation as well as laying...

By Shashi Kiran, 07 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Platform.

Why IBM believes quantum computing is the next big cloud hit after AI and blockchain

IBM has released a new API for its Quantum Experience program, which will enable developers to build interfaces between its cloud-based quantum computers and its classical equivalents.

According to Gartner’s most recent hype cycle, from August last year, quantum computing – the process of using quantum-mechanical phenomena, such as entanglement, to perform operations – will take more than 10 years to hit the mainstream.

IBM defines it thus. “While technologies that currently run on...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Platform.

Why 2017 is quickly becoming the year of the API economy

This year more CIOs will have their bonuses tied to how many new business models they help create with existing and planned IT platforms than ever before. This trend will accelerate over the next three years. CIOs and IT staffs need to start thinking about how they can become business strategists first, technicians and enablers of IT second.

CIOs must create and launch new business models faster to keep their companies competitive. APIs are the fuel helping to make this happen.

The urgency to create new business models...

By Louis Columbus, 02 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Developers, Platform.

Why going ‘cloud native’ is the key to success with NFV

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MWC “I get the feeling the momentum is there – people are understanding architecturally how to make it work now,” says Steve Gleave, senior vice president of marketing at Metaswitch Networks.

Gleave could be speaking about any emerging technology within reason, but in this instance, it’s NFV (network functions virtualisation), the concept of taking old school network appliances and replacing them with software. And at Mobile World Congress this year, it’s more than...

By James Bourne, 27 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Infrastructure, Virtualisation.

The top five in-demand cloud skills for 2017

Financial results for the fourth quarter of 2016 reveals massive growth for the top cloud providers. With 47% and 93% revenue growth for Amazon AWS and Microsoft respectively, one thing is clear – cloud is growing at a breakneck pace.

Enterprises and small businesses will continue to adopt and invest in cloud technology. Cisco’s Global Cloud Index whitepaper shows global cloud IP traffic will almost...

By Alex Bennett, 23 February 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Developers, DevOps, Enterprise.

Microsoft unveils new offering to combat patent trolls in the cloud

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Microsoft has announced the launch of the Azure IP Advantage program to help protect intellectual property from ‘patent trolls’ in the cloud.

Patent trolls, defined by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) as companies or people who ‘use patents as legal weapons, instead of actually creating any new products or coming up with new ideas’, are becoming an increasing problem with code and products hosted on cloud servers.

As a result, Microsoft is making 10,000...

By James Bourne, 09 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, Legal, Microsoft, Security.

How serverless, cognitive computing, and blockchain will influence cloud this year

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As the sun rises on 2017, a highlight of this New Year will be the gathering strength of the cloud. If the big question posed by businesses and their CIOs in 2016 was whether they should migrate to the cloud; in 2017 the question will be what is the best way to get there.

A recent IBM survey of more than 1,000 C-suite executives from 18 industries found that almost every company we surveyed is using cloud, but only in pockets of their business. 78% of...

By Sebastian Krause, 08 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Blockchain, Data & Analytics, Developers, Hybrid.

Five key cloud trends to look forward to in 2017: Containers, AI, and more

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There’s no denying that cloud computing has changed the way both large enterprises and small businesses operate.

The latest market analysis from Cisco states that global cloud IP traffic will almost quadruple (3.7-fold) over the next 5 years. It will grow at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 30% from 2015 to 2020.

With the increased acceptance of cloud computing,...

By Pratik Dholakiya, 03 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Migration.

Cloud wrangling in the digital age: How to get the right skill set

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The forecast for the digital era is cloudy all over. According to a recent IDC FutureScape on cloud market predictions, 50% of IT spending and 60% of IT infrastructure spending will be cloud based by 2018. Between 60% and 70% of all software, services and technology spending will be on the cloud by 2020. 

IDC also forecast that 65% of organisations’ IT assets will be offsite, in co-located, hosting and cloud data centers by 2018. One-third of IT staff will be working at...

By Antonella Corno, 01 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers.

Building the blockchain of success: How cloud is at the heart of it

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Blockchain is the new buzzword on the block; and while many business leaders, managers, developers and IT departments are Googling it and left scratching their heads, others are wising up to it, are realising how brilliant it is, and are recognising the opportunity it’s going to bring and the potential impact it will have.

If we put aside the tech behind it and focus on what it can do, it’s actually capable of disrupting many industries and bringing new innovations not...

By Pat McCool, 31 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Blockchain, Developers, Infrastructure.

DevOps still lacking definition despite big usage figures – but the cultural element is key

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The way in which DevOps is being tackled by different organisations can be defined in one of two ways. You’ve either got the ‘teenage sex’ approach – everyone’s talking about it but hardly anybody’s doing it – or you’ve got the Eric Morecambe method; ‘all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order.’

In other words, there is no one unified guide; companies and departments are...

By James Bourne, 25 January 2017, 2 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Developers, DevOps, Software.

Blockchain beyond Bitcoin: Assessing the enterprise use cases

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Updated Jan 25 Blockchain has serious potential to disrupt a multitude of industries, but a lot of barriers – not least confusion – still need to be ironed out.

That’s one of the verdicts from a recent research report from analyst firm Tractica on how the database technology, defined as a 'distributed data verification technology wherein financial and operational transactions are recorded and validated across a network, rather than through a central...

By James Bourne, 24 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Blockchain, Data & Analytics, Developers, Enterprise.

New research questions strategic importance of DevOps despite rise in usage

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Even though DevOps and automation methodologies are increasingly being used to deliver apps more frequently, only one in five respondents to a survey from F5 say DevOps has a strategic impact on their organisation.

The study, which polled almost 2,200 IT executives and industry professionals, found that among executive roles only 17% identified DevOps as key, well below software as a service (42%), big data (41%) and public cloud infrastructure as a service (39%).

VMware was the...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Turn your DevOps volume up to 11 and seize the business opportunity

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“These go to 11.” One of the great lines from the classic mockumentary – This is Spinal Tap. Spoken by fictional rock guitarist Nigel Tufnel in the wonderful scene where he proudly shows off how his amplifier has a volume range of 0 to 11. Still hilarious after 30-odd years.

With DevOps and continuous delivery, organisations can also shoot for 11 - striving to take automation to its ultimate...

By Peter Waterhouse, 18 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Why Kubernetes promises much for those willing to embrace a cultural shift

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Opinion It’d be fantastic if developers could write one piece of code on their machine and have full confidence it could run on any server without a glitch.

This is far from the norm as the technical headaches of pushing code on to different servers and environments can have profound consequences for any organisation. This can undermine confidence and slow down the roll-out of new apps and amendments to them.

Things are changing though, as the technology supporting cloud...

By Rob Greenwood, 12 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Developers, Kubernetes, PaaS, Platform.