Based on the global outlook on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) trends last year, CEO of New Horizons Nigeria,
As you have always on a yearly basis predicted trends in ICT industry, what are the expectations in 2014?
Well, first of all, let me tell you that most of the things we predicted came to pass in 2013. Then, in 2012 based on the trends which we observed on the horizons in the ICT industry globally and locally, we came to certain conclusions in specific sectors like MOBILITY, Training, and Security etc. One, that OPEN-SOURCE via Android and Linux will rule the Smartphone and personal computers. Today Android's share of the Smartphone operating system stands at over 75%. We saw that because Apple is a "closed system", and with high price tag vis-À-vis competition, that it would lose market share: that happened until it came out with an 'economy iPhone'.
We saw then that competition was about to throw Blackberry 'under the bus' as a punishment for its sluggishness in innovation. With Blackberry recent mountain of looses of
As we predicted, IT security breaches skyrocketed. As we predicted, the seven IT skills that we submitted would blossom, actually did, and smart guys who took practical steps to acquire those skills really prospered in 2013.
However, in 2014, we are going to divide our submission into 4 parts: One, Seven Hottest skills that will prosper ICT professionals; two, seven biggest trends in ICT that will determine which organization survives, thrives or dies in 2014. Three, seven most dangerous ICT Threats and four; How Nigeria and Nigerians can benefit from all of this. Some of the surveys conducted by IDC,
What are those seven skills?
This is not going to be like any other year in the ICT industry both globally and locally. Most of the ICT skills that will benefit the unemployed , the youths, the old as well as the ICT Professionals who are desirous of promotion are truly new skills or hybrid of old and new are Big Data Administrator (BDA) before 2014, what obtained was Data Administrator (DA). However due to the fact that the request for big data is skyrocketing- growing by as much as 30per cent, there will be issue around big data management. Demand is currently outpaces supply with regards to experts in this area. Most of these data are coming from Social media like
Thirdly, develops professionals with cloud mobility skills: These are the gurus who build and maintain cloud architecture. There is a paradigm shift right now from 'infrastructure as a service (Iaas) to platform as a service (Paas). And this is expected to be a data-optimized platform as against generic platform. More data centers will be built in 2014. The cloud spending is expected to grow to
The fifth IT hottest skill in 2014 will be virtualisation experts: The art and science of commissioning, managing, and tearing down intelligent and virtual machines are now one of the fastest growing roles of date centers. Experts in virtualization will be in high demand this year. The sixth is IT Utility Manager (ITUM): Everything in ICT is in a permanent state of flux- changing at the speed of light, getting more fragmented and sophisticated by the day. The CEOs don't have time to keep pace with this dynamic industry. And the resources to employ Consultant for each narrow, new segment are not available. Therefore, the CEOs are looking for the IT Utility Manager (ITUM) who has a holistic perspective of how technology works and communicates among one another. The Manager who understands programming languages and how to connect them on different and competing platforms: desktop, laptop, mobile, cloud, etc. He has skills in information security and Biometrics certifications and he can integrate all this with Social Technologies like facebook, Twitter, Jelly,
How can these affect
It is not true that there are no jobs. The truth is that there are jobs but most Nigerian graduates lack appropriate skills to add value to the global ecosystem. The current university education curricula are mostly outdated and cannot help the graduate in job placement without extra industry-required skills. The focus of the graduates is to acquire certificate or degree not Skills that will help him to be useful in the industry. Therefore for Nigerians who need a job or want to change his or her job should take the 7 skills of fortune we identified above seriously.
In what ways do you think
Digital Government: Government should use technology by automating a lot of its activities that are currently been done manually. This will bring down the cost of governance substantially. Also things like taxation, business registration should be digitize. Setting up Cyber Security Command Centre (CSCC): As at today
Smart city, federal government can make
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