Continued education, IT training needed as technology advances

27 November 2013

It seems that with each passing year, several new technologies are introduced that change the daily lives of both consumers and professionals. For example, tablet technology has only been a mainstream technology for a few years but a number of research firms believe that the mobile devices will overtake desktop and laptop PCs as the go-to computing gadget for most individuals in the coming years. In fact, year-to-year growth data from IDC showed that the number of global tablet shipments in the third quarter increased 36.7 percent

This is just one example of how the accelerated tech market can change rather quickly. Just when consumers and professionals get used to a new product, it's already outdated. Although this trend can be frustrating for users, it's even more challenging for IT professionals to address. 

New technologies often require innovative skills and talents to manage them. In the past, IT workers could rely on older training programs for a decade or more. Now, however, certifications and degrees have a relatively short shelf life. 

A recent article in FCW highlighted this emerging dynamic that is forcing IT professionals to take a more proactive approach to training and education. With constant advances in technology, IT workers need to adopt a continuous training strategy in order to keep up with the latest trends. 

Continued education needed
Several experts told the source that modern IT professionals simply have to invest in industry certifications early and often. Without the skills provided from quality Microsoft training courses, cloud-based sessions and other instructional classes, today's IT teams will be unable to effectively install and manage tech solutions that are driving the corporate world. 

Dan Ryan, an IT consultant and attorney, told FCW that some fields such as cybersecurity are especially impacted by tech proliferation. With cyberattacks constantly evolving, IT security experts need to have insight into the best ways to combat new threats. 

"This is a highly technical field, and there needs to be a code of ethics and some enforcement mechanism so those who claim to be practicing this discipline as professionals are held to appropriate standards," Ryan told the source. "If you got your Ph.D. in digital forensics 10 years ago, if you didn't keep up with the literature and conferences, you're way, way out of date in a short period of time."

Even industry workers who are currently employed can take advantage of Microsoft certification courses to learn about the latest trends. It may be an additional investment, but it may boost an IT professional's job security. 

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