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Adding to Your IT Skills and Knowledge Portfolio

Get Ahead of the Curve, Technology-Wise


You can't rest on your laurels in IT.There’s also some advantage in trying to get ahead of the curve, technology-wise. If you work in LANs (to continue the earlier illustration), then it might make sense to look at really high-speed LAN technologies (these days that means 40Gbps and up) and try to learn how they work, where they are in terms of market readiness, who the players are, and how much this stuff costs.


Sooner or later what’s bleeding edge, or "in the making" right now, will become mainstream. So you might as well get familiar with it sooner, right?


Automation Skills Will Always Be in Demand


If there’s one trend in IT that we all know too well, and sometimes fear (with ample justification), it’s the ongoing and growing importance of automation. Who’s least likely to be automated out of a job? People with automation skills will always be in demand.


Look at your IT area, and start learning more about related automation tools, languages, and platforms. Even if you don’t become an automation specialist, you can’t help but get better at your job by knowing how to put computing to work to handle repetitive, periodic, and recurring tasks.


IT Is About Process and Procedure


Don’t forget that IT is as much about process and procedure as it is about tools, technologies, and platforms. It’s a great idea, therefore, to learn at least something about topics such as project management, IT process frameworks (ITIL, COBIT, and so forth), and governance.


This will help you understand how management thinks, especially at the VP and C-Levels. It could also enrich your career significantly, and give you some alternate growth paths if hard-boiled technology nuts-and-bolts lose their luster for you, work-wise.


If you put one or more of these explorations into practice, and start doing some learning, then your career can’t help but benefit as a result. Tell ‘em, “Ed sent me!”



ed-tittel120Ed Tittel is a 30-plus-year computer industry veteran who's worked as a software developer, technical marketer, consultant, author, and researcher. Author of many books and articles, Ed blogs on certification topics for Tom’s IT Pro, and on Windows desktop OS topics for TechTarget. Check out his website at