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    1. 1. Brendon HatcherTechnical Director: BrilliantWeb
    2. 2. 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!
    3. 3. Information Technology is avery diverse field…My grandson works in computers
    4. 4. Huge changesare sweepingthrough theindustry
    5. 5. 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
    6. 6. 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
    7. 7. 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
    8. 8. Mobile app development Android, iPhone, Blackberry700,000
    9. 9. 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
    10. 10. Explain collaboration
    11. 11. Explain API
    12. 12. New business models Donation ware Freeware Freemium models SaaS
    13. 13. Explain new markets
    14. 14. Paper Camera Android App Turns everything you see into a sketch or cartoon R16 to purchase 1 – 5 million downloads R2.6mill – R12.9mill after costs
    15. 15. Joomla Content Editor Set of formatting tools for editing a page of text on a web site $20 per year for as many web sites as you want to build Developer lives on income In the UK!
    16. 16. Cache cleaner
    17. 17. 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
    18. 18. DoodleKids Made by 9 year old boy 100 000 downloads (free app) My kids love it 100 reviews and comments
    19. 19. Gather resources Learn to engage with the developer and user communities online – Code – Support – Understand your future clients – Start identifying needs you can fill
    20. 20. Portfolio Internship Documented learning Demonstrable output
    21. 21. 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?
    22. 22. Credits Brendon Hatcher is the compiler of this presentation The presentation is released under the Creative Commons Licence – Attribution, Non-commercial, No derivatives If you don’t know what this licence means, find out about it at creativecommons.org
    23. 23. 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
    24. 24. 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
    25. 25. 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
    26. 26. Super, all-in- one, really huge program made by one company API + core features +documentation + support

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