Key messages The IT world is diverse – find your own place The IT world is changing – try to keep up Your IT education is your responsibility – schools can’t keep up with the changes There are things you must do NOW in order to secure your IT career If you don’t understand something in this talk, research it!
Information Technology is avery diverse field…My grandson works in computers
Traditional career paths IT support Hardware, software, users Networking Connecting everything together Programming Working as part of a team making big commercial software on behalf of a company
More recent career paths Web site development Building web sites for clients Web application development On the web, but not a web site… Project Management Customer Relationship Management Document Libraries 2010
Software as a Service Applications in the cloud (on the Internet) not desktop Usually accessed via a web browser Pay a subscription rather than a licence fee
Mobile app development Android, iPhone, Blackberry700,000
Programming possibilities Working together – Online collaboration Standing on the shoulders of giants – API makes things possible – Tiny code, low price, huge sales volume Low barriers to entry – API well documented – Support for developers – Ecosystem of users to market to
Get codingE.g. Mobile app development1. Learn an API, any API (Android is a good start if you know JAVA)2. Participate in an open source / collaborative project3. Create and manage an open source / collaborative project
DoodleKids Made by 9 year old boy 100 000 downloads (free app) My kids love it 100 reviews and comments
Gather resources Learn to engage with the developer and user communities online – Code – Support – Understand your future clients – Start identifying needs you can fill
Focus Its not about technology, it is about the application of technology Identify use cases – Who needs what? – Why do they need it? – What will they do with it? – Can they already get it? – If so, why don’t they – If not, can I make it?
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IT & Marketing Option 1: Interface between IT & Marketing – Understand both worlds – Operate between them – Scoping, project management, analysis and reporting Option 2: Make stuff happen – Implement the technology behind social media interactions between companies and customers
Application specialists Application has enough users (online) to make a small support business financially viable Staff know a particular application really, really well, and charge for: – Scoping – Installation / configuration – User support Great Internet-based business
Technical sales A sales career driven by a passion for technology Some IT products can’t be sold by people who don’t understand them – E.g. Customised solutions
Super, all-in- one, really huge program made by one company API + core features +documentation + support