November 19, 2012, 3:49 PM — This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.
Maintaining a day job and keeping pace with technology is an ongoing challenge. Demand for mid- to senior-level IT professional with expertise in multiple IT disciplines is on the rise. Meanwhile, junior-level positions are being eliminated, automated or removed from the core environment, limiting the ability to grow talent. The upshot: IT professionals will need to adopt a renaissance mentality.
What is a renaissance mentality as it relates to IT operations? Traditionally, IT departments have been structured to support specific technologies in silos, such as applications, servers, operating system, storage or networking. While there might have been some overlap, the skill set and jobs were largely independent of each other.
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The transformation of the IT skill set is more pronounced than at any other time. Technology is evolving at a much faster pace than before, requiring skills to evolve just as quickly. With the recent economic downturn, as businesses were fighting for survival, IT departments were forced to delay investments in infrastructure upgrades. In the meantime, technology has leapfrogged those incremental IT improvements that were implemented just to keep the lights on.
As the CIOs and IT directors look beyond the traditional approach to improving infrastructure, it's time for managers to evaluate team skill sets. Current abilities may not be sufficient to make the necessary change deemed essential for the new way of IT.