"We are seeing a ton of demand for skills around open source technologies and frameworks. Demand for Python, Ruby on Rails and PHP development skills far exceeds the number of people available with skills," said Michael Kirven, co-founder and principal of IT resource firm Bluewolf, in a Network World interview.
"Hiring managers want to see more then people playing around with open source in a sandbox environment. People that get trained and certified in these open source technologies will stand out when their resumes fall on recruiters' desks."
Dice.com also reported seeing an increased interest in open source skill sites. Dice's Silver said in late 2009: "There are about 1,000 jobs open looking for such skills and we expect open source technologies are an area employers will be looking to hire."
6. Service assurance manager
IT specialists skilled at identifying potential problems and optimizing performance in IT domains such as network, systems, storage or applications should look to broaden their knowledge to encompass the entire IT service life cycle in 2010. As companies hope to bring down the last barriers between IT groups, they will also be looking to staff their teams with an IT service assurance manager.
The premise of IT service assurance isn't entirely new and until recently was more commonly a concern for service providers, but enterprise IT organizations have started to evolve into service providers in their own right. Vendors such as BMC, CA, HP, IBM and now EMC are touting the ability to provide insight into the life cycle of an IT service, and enterprise IT departments want to establish themselves as internal service providers. That means IT staffers would be wise to also embrace the skills required to track services from start to finish across a distributed and diverse environment.
In a research report, Forrester Research advises companies to: "Initiate a service management process by putting a service manager in place who focuses on the service life cycle to enable the business; through this role and its activities IT starts to align with the business and begins to run itself like a business."
7. Electronic health records systems manager