Thursday, June 16, 2005
Technology Skills in Demand
The skills sets reported to be in greatest demand by CIOs were the following:
- Microsoft Windows (NT/2000/XP) administrators (77%)
- Wireless network management (48%)
- SQL Server management (47%)
In addition, nearly a quarter of CIOs reported a demand for Active Server Pages (ASP) development and .NET development skills.
While help desk/end-user support (17%) and networking (17%) are the job categories experiencing the most growth, data/database management (11%) and internet / intranet development (8%) professionals continue to be in short supply. These findings bode well for Web professionals with database knowledge and network administration experience.
Since many of the skills in demand are Microsoft-specific (SQL Server, ASP, .NET, etc.), Web professionals should consider obtaining certification in one of nine core skills. A 15-minute video is available to learn more about Microsoft certification.
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Boston Market -- June
As discussed in yesterday's post, E-commerce Trends, online commerce continues to expand at greater than 20% annually. This month's Boston Market explores the skills necessary to be proficient in developing an e-commerce Website.
The two basic skills of HTML and SQL are the starting point because they represent the knowledge required to create a Web page (HTML) and access information from a database (SQL). Of the two skills SQL is in greater demand as reflected by current job listings in the Boston Globe:
- SQL (412)
- HTML (228)
A search on the combined skill set of SQL and HTML reveals 77 listings.
In addition, knowledge of a scripting technology that facilitates the connection between a Web page and a database is the third basic skill necessary to develop Web applications. Of the three primary scripting technologies, Microsoft-specific skills (ASP and ASP.NET) continue to be in the greatest demand in the Boston marketplace:
- ASP (133)
- ASP.NET (81)
- PHP (34)
- Cold Fusion (8)
A search on the combined skill set of SQL and HTML and ASP reveals 30 listings.The links on the right-hand side provide easy access to these and other job listings in both BostonWorks.com and Monster.com.
Saturday, June 11, 2005
- cosmetics and fragrances (33% growth)
- over-the-counter medications and personal care (32%)
- jewelry and luxury goods (31%)
- flowers, cards, and gifts (30%)
The report entitled The State of Retailing Online 8.0 is a detailed survey of 137 retailers that explores the opportunities and challenges facing retailers selling and marketing on the Web, including store-based, catalog-based, and Web-only retailers.
These online retailing trends bode well for Web developers with e-commerce skills. To learn more about how to work with clients who might want you to develop an e-commerce Website access a five-lesson tutorial available from Web Monkey, The Web Developers Resource. Topics include the following:
- Lesson 1 -- Making a plan
- Lesson 2 -- Sales techniques
- Lesson 3 -- Online transactions, taxes, security, credit card processing
- Lesson 4 -- Software solutions
- Lesson 5 -- Attracting customers