2020 Vision: Focus on the Right IT Training for the Future

The IT landscape is changing—again—and the need for training in emerging technologies is on the rise. As we approach a new year, and a new decade, you have an opportunity to explore what the future could hold for your team, your technology and your own career.

Whether you’re building a team, seeking a promotion or looking for the perfect job, now is the time to focus on the skills that will make you and your organization successful in 2020 and beyond. In their latest IT salary guide, the staffing experts at Robert Half note that 67% of IT managers want to expand security, cloud computing and business intelligence teams, yet 89% of those managers reported challenges in finding and recruiting qualified talent.

Fortunately for you, the talent you need might already exist within your organization. By taking the rights steps today, your company can tackle the latest technology trends and emerge as a leader in the next decade and beyond.

Beat the Competition for Top IT Talent

Competition for top IT talent is fierce, and business leaders know that salary, benefits and professional development opportunities all play a part in finding and retaining the staff they need. Once you find the right candidates, you don’t want to lose them to the competition. One of the best solutions for both employee retention and future-proofing your company is training. According to a 2018 LinkedIn study, 94% of employees indicated that they would stay at a company longer if that company invested in their careers[i].

It’s also important to know what to expect in terms of salary for emerging technology roles. Entry-level candidates for DevOps engineers in North America average a starting salary of $93,000 per year, while an experienced candidate will expect $140,000 annually or more. A junior-level Data Security Analyst starts at $108,000 per year and a seasoned Big Data Engineer can cost you up to $222,000[ii]! Be sure that you are current on industry salary ranges for these emerging fields. You’ll want to make sure you are paying your staff what they’re worth once they learn these skills and start using them daily.

Determine the Emerging IT Roles that Fit Your Vision

It’s an exciting time to be a leader in a technology company. With emerging and expanding disciplines, you have the opportunity to fundamentally shift your culture and practices to leverage cloud computing, DevOps, big data, analytics, artificial intelligence and more. When you look at your road map for 2020 and beyond, you can get a sense of what skills your teams will need to execute on your vision.

Once you’ve determined the skills you’ll need, it’s time to get your teams excited about the prospect of expanding their careers and growing your company’s expertise from within. When you offer training for emerging technology roles to your employees, you will keep them engaged with your mission, passionate about their jobs and focused on delivering value into and beyond 2020.

Find the Top IT Training You Need

When it comes to training vendors, you might feel inundated by choices. Find a vendor that offers a variety of training modalities across both the breadth and depth of your desired topics. Make sure that your training vendor can help your staff make use of the information they learn right away, and that those who are interested can obtain certifications.

ExitCertified, an industry-recognized leader in vendor-approved training and certifications, offers over 9,500 classes across a broad spectrum of cutting-edge technology topics, including data science, containerized development, cloud computing, business intelligence, blockchain and more. With flexible learning options, your teams can take classes in-person or online. And ExitCertified is the only training vendor offering iMVP – an online system that puts you in the classroom for a connected, interactive, instructor-led learning experience from the comfort of your home or office.


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[i] LinkedIn, “2018 Workplace Learning Report,” 2018, https://learning.linkedin.com/resources/workplace-learning-report-2018#

[ii] Robert Half International, Inc., “Salary Guide 2020: Technology,” 2019, https://www.roberthalf.com/sites/default/files/documents_not_indexed/2020_Salary_Guide_Technology_NA.pdf