Of the many other options, one involves a persistently evolving and mission-critical challenge for government and commercial entities: the delivery of high levels of system and data security. We've all seen bad behavior in system intrusions and the effect of that activity, and the problem is unfortunately only growing. This suggests that information and system security professionals will continue to be in demand for many years to come.
After more than 20 years in software development, I think it might be time to move on. What are the hottest areas in IT these days? Twenty years in software development is quite an accomplishment! This suggests that you've watched the evolution of technology and have contributed in ways that should now offer you a very strong method to evaluate your options.
Answering your question requires a bit of understanding of the range of your software-centered skills, so my first reaction is to suggest that you likely already have an answer to the question based on what you enjoy most. I'm inclined to think that the answer to your question should start with an evaluation of your passions first and how they align with real or perceived hot technology areas. While there are plenty of articles emphasizing trends in BYOD, security, predictive analytics, SharePoint, cloud computing, social networking and many more, take the time to consider your interests first. By way of example, in my work with CIOs in the technology community, I'm often asked to help those in transition. The conversation typically starts by asking, "If you could work anywhere or for anyone, where or who might that be?" We then discuss how to move toward that objective. In your case, you should decide whether you're pursuing a technology simply because it's the current fad or because you can really see yourself working with it for the next 20 years.
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