Oct 25

Windows: 5 rumours Microsoft may announce today

The 26th of October is The Day for all Microsoft pros. Everything is ready in New York for the Microsoft event who will take place today at 10 am – 2 pm in the UK. For months we have watched rumours fly about new or updated hardware, Windows upgrades, and more. Here is what to expect in few hours in the Big Apple.

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SURFACE – First of all, it is quite possible to see a slight update in the existing Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, perhaps getting updated to the latest Intel Kaby Lake processors.

CARDINAL – Then, Cardinal could be unveiled. It should be a new Surface all-in-on with a touch-screen to to throw down a challenge to iMac.

HOLOGRAPHIC – Furthermore, we may finally see materialising Microsoft’s mixed-reality HoloLens joining Windows-connected VR headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift through Windows 10 Holographic

PAINT 3D – Recently we have seen online, secret footage showing a new version of Microsoft Paint supporting 3D objects. So, it is possible t the event as an example of how Microsoft is pushing towards greater 3D creation tools for that sort of “Holographic” environment.

PROJECT SCORPIO – Microsoft’s 2017 unveiling of its next console, Project Scorpio, may join Windows and console gaming more logically. We could not hear more on Scorpio, but Microsoft might unveil other gaming moves for Windows 10.

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360 GSP – We are an Authorised Training Provider and offers the best value Microsoft Training without any compromises with Full Hands Training on real and Latest equipment (NO Simulations), Guaranteed Pass, Real work experience and Job Placement opportunities (PSW and HSMP candidates welcomed). If you have decided that you want to pursue a career in IT, you can visit our website to find out more about 360 GSP IT courses and contact us today on020 8672 4151 or hello@360gsp.com.

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Oct 20

Pearson VUE to release virtual badges to Microsoft Certified Professionals

Digital badges are a visual representation of what an individual knows and a way to demonstrate in detail the depth of learning that was acquired by a student. For this reason, Pearson VUE announced their cooperation with Microsoft to issue badges to Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) through Acclaim, its enterprise-class open badge platform.

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Starting tomorrow, Microsoft will issue the first bunch of digital badges to individuals who gain new Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Developer (MCSD), or Expert (MCSE) certifications or pass specific exams. Retroactive badges will be released at the beginning of next year, instead.

Digital badges are quickly becoming the new standard for showing achievements online and Acclaim badges display the holder’s name, the MCP credential achieved and validates that Microsoft issued the badge.

Microsoft Certifications have been officially recognised by IT managers as a method to measure a candidate’s skill level using Microsoft technologies and receiving an online badges will be a benefit for all the exam candidates. According to Clare Porter, general manager of Acclaim, their “goal is to give MCPs the tools they need to get hired, get recognised, and get ahead”.

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MICROSOFT TRAINING 360 GSP is an Authorised Pearson Centre and Training Provider. We do offer the best value Microsoft Training without any compromises with Full Hands Training on real and Latest equipment, Guaranteed Pass, Real work experience and Job Placement opportunities (PSW and HSMP candidates welcomed). If you have decided that you want to pursue a career in IT, you can visit our website to find out more about 360 GSP IT courses and contact us today on020 8672 4151 or hello@360gsp.com.

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Oct 17

360 GSP Blog Awards – Top 50 Blogs in IT

At 360 GSP we want to offer the best experience for our students and ensure they achieve their goals. For this reason, we aim to provide a supportive atmosphere for the development of knowledge, our instructors really have decades of collective experience, a passion for working with students, and for making tuition exciting, and transformative. We believe that when students have the opportunity to train with a hands-on curriculum and prepare to certify in the IT field, they become more deeply engaged in both their education and their career path.

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Checking LinkedIn updates and the latest Blog posts is a very important aspect of your learning. That is why 360 GSP has scoured the web for the top 50 most influential IT bloggers, according to the volume of articles they have written, and their popularity within the industry.  So, after studying in our facilities and practising in our lab room, you can keep learning at home. Here is the full list:

Arn Kim is the founder of the popular website Mac Rumors, famous for for delivering insightful analysis on all things Apple. AIf you passionate about iOS this is your must-read site.

This blog covers the latest developments in malware, computer espionage, botnets, and hardware hacking. Dan Goodin is the IT Security Editor and writes detailed security information and advice across technical and procedural areas.

Dean is VentureBeat lead writer and covers different areas, including security and video games. He is known as an expert on the gaming industry, with a focus on Xbox.

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On this platform, you can find Sarah Perez’s pieces. She is one of the best IT blogger due to her previous experience in this avenue across a number of industries, including banking, retail and software.

Todd Bishop is the co-founder of GeekWire, an interesting blog covering a wide range of disciplines including Apple, Microsoft and the Web.

Chris is a highly self-motivated IT professional enthusiastic with technology that surrounds him. He studied at 360 GSP and has a proven track record of overcoming complex technical problems and exceeding customers’ expectations. A good team player that will endeavour to provide guidance and assistance and his blog reflects his abilities.

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Richard Bejtlich is a guru in cyberthreats and data protection, due his background in military intelligence. He also offers countless insights into digital security, thanks to his experience as chief security officer at FireEye.

In his blog, Dirk Riehle covers different topics such as computer science, software system architecture and design. He also teaches open-source software at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg.

Martin McKeay spent the last decade, blogging about industry issues, and he often posts clips of his interviews with global experts. He is a security advocate and travels across Europe, attending conferences and talking to IT security and privacy stakeholders.

James Kendrick writes about Windows Mobile, Android and iOS every week. His works are quite beneficial for his readers because he also spends time testing out the latest mobile tech, apps and accessories.

Tom Hollingsworth is an experienced blogger with a backgroun in enterprise and education. He offers to his audience opinions on industry trends and networking news.

John Herbert’s blog is the perfect place for people interested in networking protocols, technologies, vendors and architectures. Quite attractive also his opinion articles and reviews of networking solutions.

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Dan Stolts writes mostly about systems management, technology strategy and security. He works as chief technology strategist for Microsoft and provides tips for using Azure and other solutions.

Troy Hunt is active in software development and always knows the latest updates about security needs. He is famous for blogging about ways to break software so that it can be rebuilt better and more securely.

Joel York writes about practical go-to-market business strategies for executives involved in Software as a Service, Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service. He has a long experience in this avenue – his first work dates back more than 20 years ago.

W. David Stephenson one of the most expert blogger about the Internet of Things. His blog hits a variety of subjects, including the technology’s applications, challenges, regulatory outlook, evaluation criteria, privacy and security issues.

Keith Mayer is a technical evangelist for Microsoft and offers pieces of advice and tips for Microsoft Azure cloud experts. Mayer’s blog is without any doubt a the best arena for Microsoft passionates.

Pearl Zhu is the main blogger behind this blog and she is a published author, IT thought leader and former analyst at HP. The main aims of this blog are fostering a positive culture, mastering innovation management and acting as a business strategist.

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Ben Rockwood’s background is about system administration. He funded is blog almost two decades ago and now focuses on DevOps topics and Lean IT.

In his ordinary life, Sean Hull is a consultant, but he devotes a lot of time in distilling ideas of industry experts and offers his perspective on top technology brands, solutions and news.

Matt Simmons’ blog is the perfect place for people who are looking for tips and insights on networking, security, storage and more.

Chris Wahl is a networking guru with years and years of experience. He shares his insights about IT in his blog, Wahl Network.

Jeff Richardson is a lawyer and Apple fan. Since 2008 he has been writing about iPhones, iPads, Apple watches, legal technology news and all sorts of device, app and accessory reviews.

Jeffrey Taylor is a lawyer, as well. However, he prefers Android and in his blog writes product reviews, app recommendations, tech tips, and a bit of commentary on technology within the legal industry.

Robert X. Cringely divulges experts’ insights on his blog and offers his own ideas on some of the most important names in technology.

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Mikail Tunç writes about systems administration and his blog is a great resource for practical and how-to sysadmin content.

Anoop Nair is a Microsoft MVP. On his blog he helps other IT professionals who are looking to get started with SCCM or to up their game.

Mick Pletcher is an experienced IT professional who writes a blog in which he offers technical advice to fellow SCCM administrators.

Peter Kretzman mainly focuses on general topics, such as aligning business and IT, choosing metrics and managing employees.

This blog is the perfect place for IT pros, willing to learn the most important script secrets.

One of the best blogs for sysadmins, looking for new and useful tips. One of the top writers is Peter Tsai, former SysAdmin & Engineer.

Neville Hobson blogs about technology, digital communication and social media. His aim to help companies stay up-to-date on the latest trends and best practices.

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Tommy Patterson is one of the the cloud’s gurus. He aims to help IT pros make the most of their virtualized and cloud environments.

If we talk about cloud, we must mention Yung Chou. He is an excellent and reliable expert on cloud and IT infrastructure. His blog his appreciated also for its palatable writing style.

Jennelle Crothers’ Tech Bunny is a combination of tech anecdotes with technical tips and advice.

On his blog, Adam Bertram offers useful how-to content and advice on implementing IT automation in order to obtain great results.

This blog is defintely a hub for networking expert. Among his readers, there are a lot of IPv6 pros.

This blog is the perfect place to learn. It is really useful because is full of self-taught materials and online.

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Brian Lewis is a Microsoft IT evangelist, ready to share his expertise on a number of IT subjects, answering the questions that IT pros are asking.

Brian Krebs is an IT security expert, willing to explain the biggest security dilemmas of our era.  If you have curiosity of some a hack or a data breach, he will dig up to keep you informed.

This blog tells the adventures of software quality-assurance engineer Thomas Maher Jr. and offers QA best practices and insights for firms involved in software development.

This blog gives a realistic perspective on new products, developments and technologies in the IT world.

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Bill Detwiler is the Head Technology Editor of TechRepublic and in his blog provides honest insights about the latest IT products.

This blog provides you with valuable insights for IT leadership, including new big data skills and the advantages of process automation. Steve Range is one of the top writers – he works also for ZDNet and CBSi.

Aamir Lakhani diagnoses IT problems, discusses them and, like an “IT doctor”, prescribes effective solutions. The blog often covers topics such as data breach, personnel security and open source software.

Amy Cutmore’ Girl About Tech provides interesting recommendations on essential technology and gadgets for the home.

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This blog covers mainly security news and issues following an informative approach. A great way to catch things you might otherwise have missed.

Lenny Zeltser’s blog focuses on malware and security. The perfect way to receive weekly summary of the best security reads.

Dan Kaminsky’s blog shows his ability to explain IT matters clearly and his coverage of networking vulnerabilities is very useful in understanding issues and implications.

This blog explores all things storage within the HP universe. Calvin Zito provides tips, product release and multimedia podcasts for all storage passionate.

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Oct 11

Women in IT: 360 GSP commitment

IT and digital jobs are gender-neutral in nature and the employers do not differentiate between male and female while employing them. However, only 17% of IT professionals in the UK are women, but more and more female quotas are needed in the technology sector to fill the skills gap. The problem is particularly acute in technology-focused professions, where it is both difficult to recruit women into technology roles and to encourage them to stay in technology.

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As a result, several tech-savvy women are being employed and they are achieving great results, such as cleaning marketplace app Hassle.com founder Alex Depledge, and tech startup founder Entrepreneur First Alice Bentinck, who received MBEs for services to the sharing economy and to business, respectively.

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At 360 GSP we are committed to driving gender diversity in the workplace and we believe that when women are supported, encouraged, and funded to lead, they always excel. Sherran Sirah and Kaajal Bhudia are two of the many students that 360 GSP has successfully trained and placed into the industry in the last 14 years. They did not have any IT background, but they now both work as IT First Line Support Technicians in the education sector.

We offered a support network to help and mentor them so that they could progress in a male dominated industry in a bid to tackle this shortage.

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“I joined 360 GSP about 9 months ago and within 2 months I was already put in touch with a school based in Kingsbury for work experience – Sherran told us -. After I completed the six week work experience they hired me in their IT department on a permanent basis. During that time I continued studying at 360 GSP and I’m now MCSA Certified.”

“360 GSP played a key role: I had no IT background and I didn’t know how to configure or troubleshoot and in just two days a week they assisted me and guide me step by step into the IT avenue – Kaajal told us -. They offered me CV building workshops, career advice, interview preparation and real-life work experience. Thanks to 360 GSP I was hired in the IT department of a special needs school and I am know very happy.”

 

The companies that are most successful at recruiting women do not rely on word of mouth or personal contacts to advertise positions, but advertise vacancies as widely as possible, a CEB research revealed. For this reason, our dedicated Recruitment team works alongside organisations across the UK to determine what employers are looking for to ensure that your career path will lead you to securing a job in IT. Our experienced team will work with you every step of the way to guide you through what you need to get working.

If you have decided that you want to pursue a career in IT, you can visit our website to find out more about our training courses contact us today on 020 8672 4151 or hello@360gsp.com.

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Sep 30

How to change my Career?

According to a recent job satisfaction survey by The Conference Board, more and more people are unsatisfied with their current job. Switch careers is stressful, but not impossible. You just need clarity, competence, confidence and – especially – courage. 

However, before considering a career change, you need to make sure it is for the right reasons. Bad motivations to change careers, such as problems with your boss, wanting to meet new people or working too many hours, can likely be overcome with a new job in a similar role and industry.

A career change choice requires also precision, decision and complete strictness to follow it. Here are some ideas which you can implement.

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  • Research

Check out job websites to understand what the trends are. It is good to investigate IT, but also healthcare and education, all fields that have a growing demand for workers. Once you figured out what is going on in the market, you will be able to know which type of business will suit you best.

  • Reflect and…react!

This is an important caution about a career change, because it may be the last time you take this big of a risk. The more time and thought you can give to choosing your career, the better your choice will be.

  • Using our friends and contacts

Over the years we will have got to know many people, such as former colleagues or business associates. They can give us the contact we need to both find out more about new careers and also to help us get an introduction to some employers.

  • Self-employment

This is often considered an attractive option by 45-year-old people who want to change career. You will have to learn to be self-sufficient or you may need to take a business course. This option can be fulfilling.

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  • About 360 GSP

An industry focused professional training combined with academic learning looks like the best option because you will be able to acquire the hands-on practical experience you need to apply the knowledge you learn in professional real-world enterprise environments.

360 GSP is an excellent example for individuals that would like to pursue a career in IT technical support or IT networking. We have been in the industry since 2003, specialised in Computer NetworkingNetwork Security, Virtualisation, InfrastructureVoIP and Other related technologies. Over the past decade we have trained around 8,000 IT professionals and placed several students into employment.

With our guaranteed employment programmes you will have the opportunity to gain work experience to help build your CV and references and this will ensure that when you walk into job interviews you will be feeling happy and confident.

If you have decided that you want to pursue a career in IT, you can visit our website to find out more about our trainings and courses and contact us today on 020 8672 4151 or hello@360gsp.com.

 

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Sep 23

The US plans to Improve the IoT Security

We recently covered the benefits of the Internet of Things, the whole new category of actors that will bring together peopleprocessdata, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before. We also talked about the IoT certifications introduced by Cisco last year.

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Now we are going to discuss about a couple of news coming from The Security of Things Forum in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Yesterday, the US Department of Homeland Security has promised to shove the IoT into the market with a new security framework. Robert Silvers, the assistant secretary for cyber policy announced that his department had decided to develop a set of strategic principles for IoT manufacturers that would ensure that security is built into future products.

The industry, according to Silvers, is demanding that IoT security a focus on public safety. What they are going to do is drawing on the best approaches, pulling them together and elevating them to get the public’s attention. He also suggested that it would be the Department of Homeland Security itself to develop the principles, reviewing them internally and then providing them to the market for review.

In fact, due to the raise of new concerns about data privacy, data sovereignty and security, it is planned a net increase of 350K IoT jobs over the next 10 years – mainly those in IT and R&D (Research and development). If the trend continues, we will see a dramatic shift of job roles such as Industrial data scientists, Robot coordinator, IT and IoT solution architect, Industrial computer engineer and programmer.

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This is why IT is among the high demand occupations identified and it continues to rise and ‪salaries‬ are high though. If you have decided that you want to begin a career in IT, you can visit our website to find out more about 360 GSP ITTraining and Courses and contact us today on 020 8672 4151 or hello@360gsp.com.

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Sep 22

3 Reasons Why Brexit Will Not Affect IT

Since the Brexit vote, UK’s vital services sector enjoyed a productive summer: consumer tenacity has bounced back, retail sales are up and the housing market has persisted stable. It looks to be obvious that Brexit will drive new requirements in a number of areas where IT can play a key enabling role getting benefits in three specific sectors: effective border security management; secure sharing of information between UK and UEincrease cooperation with countries outside the UE.

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BORDER SECURITY – The recent post-Brexit challenge of protect formerly open borders is going to create a perfect storm in border security. Most travellers present no menace, so border-control technology can help immigration authorities direct their budget and knowledge on carefully analyse those visitors who need more scrutiny while reducing delays for those who do not. The authorities can do this by matching travellers and their passports against a database of previously vetted trusted travellers who are siphoned off for fast-track processing. The same process can match travellers against watch-lists of suspect individuals to alert authorities if additional reviews are required.

DATA CENTRES – Authorities can analyse statistics on travellers’ behaviour at specific crossings and allocate the resources required to handle the changing volumes at the right time. Border security is not just about passport control in airports or train stations. However, the more complex inter agency relationship post-Brexit will require increased analysis of the agencies’ mutual ability to share data securely. IT will play a core role as part of security policies and technology. Those approaches not only help prevent attacks and users can confidently share data with others who need to know.

COOPERATION WITH OTHER COUNTRIES – A high-ranking British diplomat said recently that annual trade between South Africa and the UK valued at about £10-billion was not only expected to be kept, but that Britain reckon it would increase. Given the number of other technology companies based all around the world, it is reasonable to say that Brexit could create an advantage not just for the IT industry worldwide, but for IT providers based in other countries.

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360 GSP – We are an excellent example for individuals that would like to pursue a career in IT technical support or IT networking. We have been in the industry since 2003, specialised in Computer NetworkingNetwork Security,Virtualisation,InfrastructureVoIP and Other related technologies. Over the past decade we have trained around 8,000 IT professionals and placed several students into employment. If you have decided that you want to pursue a career in IT, you can visit our website to find out more about our training courses contact us today on 020 8672 4151 or hello@360gsp.com.

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Sep 21

How IT improved Customer Service

Today, customer service is a key factor in any business growth, because whenever a customer is well served, they will advertise the business and this will result into a quick business growth. For this reason, all the leading firms across Europe are harnessing IT to cultivate customer service as a valuable asset to achieve strategic superiority.

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All the huge companies have some customer support software, used to support organisation access to real-time customer information, in order to respond quickly and accurately to customer needs every time.

IT can be used to improve customer service in so many ways. First of all, to provide customers a choice of communication, including phone, web self service, email, chat, and fax, with a multichannel contact centre. In fact, the best companies try to respond to customer requests through email and social media on time. They have a well organised customer support team that use email templates which a support representative will follow when replying a customer.

Then, they try to generate revenue with additional product and service sales through your contact centre with relevant real-time cross-sell recommendations and guided scripting. So, they send tailor-made electronic HTML emails with products or services on discount, suggesting deals which can expire in a specific period of time: this will create trust and desire to buy on instant.

IT also helps customers when they make an order and a payment. Online businesses can use smart card electron payment services like VISA ELECTRON, and then also integrate other payment services like Paypal.

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This is another reason why IT plays an important role in today’s modern society and it is among the high demand occupations identified by employment trend watchers reports.

If you have decided that you want to begin a career in IT, you can visit our website to find out more about 360 GSP IT Training and Courses and contact us today on 020 8672 4151 or hello@360gsp.com.

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Sep 15

IT technical support: all you need to know

Today, organisations increasingly depend on computer systems in all areas of their processes. Thus, customers and users need the IT staff to keep their servers and network infrastructure operational.

 IT help desk is not just about turning computers on and off, it is much more than that: this job requires a huge amount of technical expertise combined with a dedication to the job. The help desk professional is often the face of the IT staff and it is considered as the first line of support because whenever the users experience a problem the help desk will be there for assistance.

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However, when the staff cannot fully solve the problem, they need to provide assistance in such a way that leaves the customer satisfied about the service received. So, successful help desk technicians require hard skills and soft skills. On one hand, they need to have technical knowledge and the ability to troubleshoot problems – that are measurable abilities like configuring and troubleshooting systems. On the other hand, they should have strong communication and customer service skills, in order to be able to communicate effectively with others.

Bear in mind that the average starting salaries can range from £18,000 to £23,000 and technical support managers can earn salaries of over £40,000.

Postgraduate qualifications are not required for this work, but a Microsoft or Cisco certification may give you an advantage. Employers also look for in-depth knowledge of the programmes and applications they use, so gaining practical work experience during is extremely beneficial and internships or placements are extremely recommended.

 

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For this reason, at 360 GSP we decided to design the Job Guarantee Programme, perfect for individuals that wish to pursue a career in IT technical support or IT networking. Our students will acquire the hands-on practical experience they need to work in professional real-world enterprise environments. As part of their training they will have the opportunity to gain work experience to help build their CV and references and this will ensure that when they walk into job interviews they will be feeling happy and confident.

If you have decided that you want to pursue a career in IT, you can visit our website to find out more about our training courses and contact us today on 020 8672 4151 or hello@360gsp.com.

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Sep 14

2016 salary boosts: Cloud, Security, Networking at the top of the table

Good news for people that are working in IT or would like to start their career in this area. According to a Computerworld’s survey, IT workers proclaimed an average increase of salary of 3.9 percent this year. Simply amazing, if we consider that this is the highest year-over-year gain that Computerworld has seen in its annual survey since 2001.

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Below the top 10 hottest IT fields when it comes to salary along with their 2016 pay raise. The data comes from the USA, but the trend is likely to be similar in the rest of the world:

 

  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP) – 5%
  • Cloud computing – 4.8%
  • Security – 4.6%
  • Web design/development – 4.6%
  • Business intelligence/analytics – 4.2%
  • Networking – 4.2%
  • Application development – 4.0%
  • Data centre management – 3.9%
  • General IT – 3.9%
  • Help desk/IT support – 3.6%

 

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The high rankings for cloud and security should come as no surprise: the survey reveals an average annual salary of $62,000 for network administrators across the USA. At the top of the range, network architects pull down an average of $112,000 and it looks like individuals with Cisco CCIE will continue to command the highest salaries.

 

Data centre management is also a top salary draw: the vendors selling cloud services need talent for managing their data centres too. In addition, new business models such as streaming services demand data centre expertise.

Digital business transformation is making organizations more sophisticated in the systems and devices they manage. That is one of the reasons why help desk and IT support cracking this chart and why you should explore the possibilities inherent in training and certifications at 360 GSP.

360 GSP – We are an excellent example for individuals that would like to pursue a career in IT technical support or IT networking. We have been in the industry since 2003, specialised in Computer NetworkingNetwork Security,Virtualisation,InfrastructureVoIP and Other related technologies. Over the past decade we have trained around 8,000 IT professionals and placed several students into employment. If you have decided that you want to pursue a career in IT, you can visit our website to find out more about our training courses contact us today on 020 8672 4151 or hello@360gsp.com.

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