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Saturday, February 12, 2011

10 hot areas of expertise for IT specialists

By Debra Littlejohn Shinder | February 11, 2011, 1:45 PM PST

My recent article 10 Ways to become an IT superstar generated a lot of feedback. Quite a few IT pros out there apparently want to increase their visibility (and paychecks). One thing that drew a lot of attention in the piece was the advice to specialize. Okay, readers replied, but what area should I specialize in? They wanted to know which subsets of skills are the easiest to master and/or which ones will deliver the most bang for the buck. So in this follow-up, I'll look at some of the IT specialties that are likely to be in demand in the near future.

Note: This article is also available as a PDF download.

1: To the cloud

You saw this one coming, didn't you? All the major technology companies seem to be "all in" with cloud computing — Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Dell, CA Technologies, and more. According to recent surveys, at least 50% of organizations are already using some form of cloud computing, and Gartner says the adoption rate is increasing by about 17% per year. According to, the number of ads for cloud computing jobs has grown by 344% over the last two years.

2: Virtually speaking

Virtualization has been hot for a while, as companies jumped in to reap the cost and management benefits of consolidating their servers and delivering virtualized desktops and applications to their users. Virtualization is also the foundation of cloud computing, so those with expertise in deploying virtualized IT environments will be in demand both in the public cloud arena and with those organizations that plan to stick with private clouds for now.'s data showed a 78% growth in the number of jobs related to server virtualization.

3: Mobile computing and consumerization integration

Everyone knows mobile computing is hot. Smartphones and tablets, along with laptops and netbooks, are the driving forces behind the increasing consumerization of enterprise IT. There are plenty of advantages for the company: Because employees are willing to buy their own devices, the organization saves money. Because those employees can stay in touch with work, read and respond to email, view attachments, and create documents no matter where they are, they become more productive.

But when employees purchase their own equipment, the downside is that you lose the standardization that comes with company-issued devices. You end up with many types of devices, made by different hardware vendors, running different operating systems and different apps, configured differently. Getting them to seamlessly connect to the company network can be a challenge. Getting them all connected to the company network without putting the network at risk is even more of a challenge. IT pros who have expertise in integrating these new devices into the network and managing them once they're connected are likely to be in demand by many companies.

Application lifecycle management (ALM) will become increasingly important as the environment becomes more complex with some functions in the cloud and some onsite. Bob Aiello believes configuration management (CM) will evolve into ALM, and the outlook is bright for those with these expanded skills.

4: It's all about the apps

As Toni Bowers reported in a recent blog post, the hottest job category for 2011 (according to is that of software engineer. But it's a position that's a bit different from the programmer of yesteryear. On the programming side of the fence, it's all about apps these days. As smartphones and tablets become ubiquitous, companies will need to develop their own specialized apps for those devices — just as they've needed to develop proprietary software for desktop systems.

In addition, cloud-based applications will be big in the coming years, and that means software engineers will need new skills to design, develop, and implement programs that run in the cloud environment. Those who are familiar with Windows Azure, Google App Engine, VMware's Spring Framework,, and other cloud development platforms will be a step ahead of the game.

5: Security and compliance

With cybercrime on the rise and increasing concern over the possibility of cyber terrorism and/or cyber warfare, security specialists are likely to continue to be in demand for the foreseeable future. There is a saying in the law enforcement community regarding job security: Thanks to human nature, there will always be criminals — and thus, there will always be a need for the police. That same dark side of human nature ensures that there will always be those who misuse computer technology to attack, intrude, and otherwise attempt to do harm to computer systems. That means there will always be a need for computer and network security specialists.

In addition, more and more government regulation of the Internet and networks, as well as regulatory provisions concerning data privacy, mean security is no longer optional for most organizations. Those who specialize in regulatory compliance are likely to see their job prospects increase as more industries come under the regulatory umbrella.

6: Four to six

When the IPv4 address pool was created in the 1980s, it was thought that the more than 4.2 billion unique addresses possible under the system would be enough. However, the creators didn't foresee the Internet boom or the possibility that one day, we would be connecting not just multiple computers per person, but printers, phones, and even household appliances to the Internet. This month (February 2011), IANA announced that it has allocated the last batch of remaining IPv4 addresses.

The solution to the problem has been around for a while: IPv6. The new version of the Internet Protocol supports a whopping 340 undecillion (2 to the 128th power) addresses. But IPv6 deployment is not an easy task; working with it requires learning a whole new IP language. IPv6 addresses don't even look like their IPv4 counterparts; they're notated in hexadecimal instead of dotted quad. IPv6 is also much more sophisticated than IPv4, with many new features (including built-in security mechanisms). Most important, IPv6 does not interoperate with IPv4, so transition technologies are required to get IPv4 networks to communicate with IPv6 networks.

Obviously, now that we've reached the end of the available IPv4 addresses, more and more organizations will be forced to migrate to IPv6. Because of the complexity, there is a shortage of IT personnel who have mastered and really understand IPv6. If you're one of the few, the proud, who specializes in this area, you're likely to have plenty of business in the upcoming years.

7: Business intelligence

Business intelligence (BI) refers to technologies that are used for reporting and analyzing data, including recognizing trends and patterns, to make better strategic business decisions. BI uses techniques such as data mining to extract and identify patterns and correlations in large amounts of data.

According to a recent study of midsize organizations that was done by IBM, BI/analytics is the second most popular IT investment (after infrastructure) that companies have planned for 2011. This indicates that specializing in the BI field can be a lucrative strategy and a good investment in your future.

8: The social network

Social networking started as a consumer-driven technology, but the use of social media is now being embraced in a big way by businesses. It can be used to connect with customers, colleagues, and partners to build solid business relationships. That doesn't mean you'll automatically be a hot property on the job market just because you tweet and update your Facebook page regularly. But it does mean organizations are looking for people who know how to integrate social media into the business environment in a way that furthers the goals of the organization.

Many companies are looking to develop their own social sites that give them more control and let them target their audiences more precisely. Specialists in social media are sure to find many opportunities as more and more companies stop seeing social sites as just time-wasters that should be blocked and start to recognize the potential for business use. This article offers more information about exactly what a social media specialist does.

9: Public sector computing

On the one hand, many state and local governments are cutting back on their budgets and laying off personnel. On the other hand, governmental agencies are depending more and more on technology to perform their functions more efficiently with fewer personnel. That means specialists in public sector computing can likely find a home in one of the many thousands of town, city, county, state, or federal government agencies that exist in the United States alone.

Although salaries for government jobs are often smaller than those in the private sector, they sometimes offer better benefits, more time off, and a less pressured work environment. There are a number of IT subspecialties in the public sector, as well. These include computer forensics investigators, criminalistics analysts, and personnel who specialize in secure mobile communications technologies for public service agencies.

10: To your health

The healthcare industry is in a state of flux in the United States. Government mandates are predicted to result in cost reduction measures that may result in personnel cuts and/or discourage young people from entering medicine. At the same time, the baby boomer generation is aging and requiring health care. Technology may be one way to fill the gap.

An IDC report published late last year showed that the U.S. healthcare market for IT was valued at $34 billion and was predicted to increase by 24% over the next three years. That translates into a demand for software developers and IT professionals who understand the healthcare industry and its special needs and who know how to integrate technology into the caregiver's world without dumping a steep learning curve onto people already working in an understaffed and overworked environment
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Friday, February 11, 2011

Edukasi: Membuat server webcast

Sering ikut dalam webcast yang biasanya disediakan oleh Internet?
Pernah terpikir untuk membuatnya?

Ternyata sangat mudah !

1. download software BroadCam Streaming Video Server dan klik install.

2. setelah aplikasi terpasang, ikuti setting untuk mengenali
input-input yang ada, seperti webcam

3. kita perlu sedikit setup untuk koneksi agar bisa diakses dari
Internet. Kita bisa menggunakan IP yang disediakan oleh ISP, atau
menggunakan dynamic dns untuk pointing ke server/komputer kita.

4. Kemudian setelah OK, klik Connect button dari main interface dan
sebuah web page akan terbuka di browser kita. Broadcam akan
menyediakan link-link dari broadband listereners, termasuk link URL /
HTML code yang bisa diakses.

5. Setelah siap, kita juga bisa merekam melalui web camera yang ada.
Juga dapat mengundang orang lain (klik Invite).

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Sunday, February 06, 2011

TechRepublic: 10 tech trends to watch in 2011

What do IT shops really think about the cloud? Where will companies
invest this year? Which tech areas will become the next big vendor
battlegrounds? Technology evolves rapidly, and that evolution is
driven by the market, which means a new product or platform will be
successful only if the IT community fully recognizes and adopts it.
There is a lot of buzz right now over cloud services adoption,
platform vendor battles, and shifting technology investment
strategies, but, what happens in 2011 — and what doesn't — will be
determined by actual practices within the IT community.
In-the-trenches IT practitioners surveyed at Quest Software's The
Experts Conference 2010 have provided insights into technology trends
that appear likely to emerge this year. Here is a look at the top 10.

Note: This article is also available as a PDF download.

1: Cloud computing adoption will accelerate, but half of all companies
will avoid the cloud for at least five years
Adoption in cloud computing has lagged behind media predictions, but
growth in cloud deployments is likely to accelerate this year.
However, cloud computing is a major cultural switch for organizations
used to developing and supporting their own business applications. So
while there is genuine interest in the cloud, nearly 40 percent of
survey respondents said their organizations had no plans to use cloud
services. As a result, the adoption curve for cloud computing will not
follow the bell curve typical of most new technologies. After an
initial surge of adoption, growth will slow until cautious companies
see proof of success from early adopters. Once a critical mass of
users establishes success, competitive pressures will force the
remaining companies to adopt cloud services.

2: There's no go-to cloud platform provider, so the vendor wars will
heat up this year
While the big players are competing for market dominance, there is not
yet a clear leader. Just three percent of survey respondents selected
a primary cloud platform, with their selections evenly split between
Microsoft Azure Services Platform, Google App Engine, and Amazon Web
Services. This indicates that the competition for market dominance is
still wide open and likely will intensify. The stakes are high for the
company able to achieve platform supremacy, given the projected size
of the market as computing shifts to the cloud.

3: Organizations that adopt cloud computing will create new
organizational structures to support the initiatives
New administrative teams dedicated to supporting cloud services are
beginning to emerge within the organizational structures of companies
shifting to the cloud. Although only 9 percent of survey respondents
have established these teams, like the emergence of dedicated web
development teams during the dawn of the Internet era, it is an
indicator that leading-edge companies recognize that provisioning and
support of cloud services will be fundamentally different from current
application delivery models.

4: IT will adopt email cloud services first
Survey results showed people are most interested in email as a cloud
service. Approximately 50 percent of the companies using, currently
evaluating, or planning to deploy cloud services have or are
considering email. This high level of interest indicates that email as
a service is a culturally viable option for many companies. It also
shows they are not completely satisfied with their current email
system implementations, opening the door for a cloud-delivered
alternative. Right now, though, much of the interest is in the initial
stages; enterprises are waiting for email offerings to mature, which
means truly widespread adoption is still likely years away.

5: Cloud decisions made outside of IT will lead to less vendor
standardization and more "best-of-breed" purchases
Not all cloud service purchase decisions are made within IT. In fact,
IT is often not involved in, and may not even be aware of, every cloud
service used within their enterprises. The ease of use and scalability
of many cloud solutions enables business area managers to choose their
own platforms and applications rather than rely on centralized
decisions by IT.

6: Inadequate cloud service contingency plans will cause high-profile trouble
Even as 34 percent of survey respondents cite cost reduction as the
primary driver for considering cloud services, the newness of cloud
service delivery models, coupled with this strong focus on cost
reduction, means some IT organizations will underestimate the need for
proper contingency planning for service outages. Lack of a proper
contingency plan or too much reliance on cloud service providers for
adequate backup is likely to result in some high-profile
finger-pointing in the event of a significant outage.

7: Federation will become the standard for sharing identity information
Use of federation to share identity information across domains and
enable business users to access multiple systems and services has
grown steadily over the past several years and is likely to become a
standard part of IT delivery. Twenty-four percent of survey
respondents already deploy federation, and another 9 percent plan to
deploy it within the next 12 months. The use of federation will both
enable and be driven by increasing adoption of cloud services.

8: E-discovery, compliance, and security will drive increased Exchange
support spending
More than 40 percent of survey respondents reported their resource
requirements for e-discovery support and security increased over the
past year, perhaps due to increasing regulatory oversight, litigation
levels, or pressure to protect corporate information. Thirty-one
percent saw growth in resources needed for compliance reporting and
supporting audit requirements, and 70 percent were less than satisfied
with their e-mail compliance processes. These pressures are likely to
continue this year, with e-discovery, compliance, and security as the
primary drivers of increases in Exchange support spending.

9: The server virtualization market is saturated, but vendors will
battle for supremacy in the desktop and storage markets, which have
yet to reach maturity
Virtually everyone is using virtualization — 91 percent of survey
respondents already use virtualization in production, and most of the
rest are either evaluating or planning to deploy within the next 12
months. Server virtualization is either in use or under evaluation by
94 percent of responding organizations, and that market has reached
saturation. Desktop virtualization is currently used by 46 percent of
survey respondents and storage virtualization is used by just 24
percent, so there still is room for growth in adoption in those

10: Technology investment strategies will shift from cost-cutting
purchases to opportunity-based investments
While many companies and government organizations still tightly
control spending, responses on the TEC survey show promising signs of
economic improvement. Only 9 percent of responding companies continue
to cut back, while 54 percent are making investments, at least in
targeted areas. As the economy continues to improve and companies seek
to accelerate revenue growth, albeit slowly, there will be an
increasing shift from cost-cutting purchases to more opportunity-based
technology investments. This shift will help address not only a
backlog of deferred projects, but also fund greater evaluation and
faster adoption of potentially revolutionary areas within cloud
services and virtualization.

Gil Kirkpatrick is a 30-year veteran of the commercial software
business, having designed or developed dozens of successful commercial
software products. In his current role as a chief architect at Quest
Software, Gil consults on various security, identity, and marketing
project, and speaks at technology seminars and conferences around the
world. He has received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award
for his work in the technology community each year since 2005.

Mengenal ICT dalam Edukasi

Silahkan ikuti e-Learning yang disiapkan oleh UNESCO Bangkok ini,
sangat simple dan menarik, bahkan ada certificate nya.
UNESCO Bangkok with funding support from Japanese-Funds-In-Trust
(JFIT) has published an e-learning CD-ROM containing two modules.
* Module 1: ICT in Education Essentials: provides learners with
essential information about ICT in education and aims to promote
common understanding about the topic in the education sector.
* Module 2: ICT in Education Decision Making: helps learners to
consider the different factors involved in choosing the appropriate
technology to use in a particular education setting. The two modules
were especially designed for policymakers, educational planners,
school administrators, education specialist and educators, in general.
Both modules are lively, colorful and highly interactive. According to
one person's feedback: "I only planned to see a few screens to see how
it looks. Then I got hooked and ended up completing the two modules
which lasted for about an hour." Another said: "This is very
informative. Now I understand more about ICT in Education. I will
recommend this to my other colleagues." The rationale for producing
this CD is pretty simple; UNESCO Bangkok wants to promote and raise
awareness on ICT in Education but it is impossible to reach everyone
and invite them to attend workshops. The only way to do this is to use
ICT itself. Practice what you preach!