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Information Technology - new and emerging technologies

Digger

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I used to be a IT Manager in a medium-sized Law Firm (4 years ago), became disenchanted and currently am a humble Facilities Manager/Caretaker in a large residential about to be refurbished, so no doubt will be looking for a new challenge in the next year or so.

From an IT perspective my CV now has a glaring hole in it. I am considering re-entering the market next year but fear I will have to start near the bottom and work my way up again!

I'd like to appear in front of potential employers & agencies(?!) with a highlight on my CV, of which I currently consider I have none.

I have spare time on my hands and wonder what the IT Gurus here consider to be the new and emerging technologies that will soon become prevalent. Internet Security, Firewall Technologies, new MS Operating Systems etc? I consider myself to be more of an Admin Troubleshooter and fixer type rather than the analytical programmer.

I freely admit that it will be a journey for me to re-enter this job market.

Am I overly paranoid to think that because I will be hitting 40 next year that it will be even more difficult? :confused:

Thanks for reading.
 

mjn

Distinguished Member
Ooooohhhhhhh.....IT managers are ******* themselves silly over virtualisation at the moment!!
 
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Digger

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Ooooohhhhhhh.....IT managers are ******* themselves silly over virtualisation at the moment!!

Yup, I have just discovered at least part of that to be true ;)

Googling VMware and ITIL as I type. What say you?
 
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mjn

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ITIL....i wouldn't worry so much, but VMWare and even MS Win2k8 and their version of virtualisation is a big CV grabber at the moment. However, in London, jobs are drying up.
 

Digger

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ITIL....i wouldn't worry so much, but VMWare and even MS Win2k8 and their version of virtualisation is a big CV grabber at the moment. However, in London, jobs are drying up.

Presumably market being flooded with new entrants or due to redundancies etc?
 

Iccz

Distinguished Member
voip goes down quite well too people still seem to be totally in the dark about it everywhere i've been somehow :confused:
 

mjn

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Presumably market being flooded with new entrants or due to redundancies etc?

Yeah, not many people are hiring, when existing members of staff leave at the moment.
 

liveforav

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I'd disagree with the previous poster. In my experience ITIL is usually desired by any employeer.. even if they dont apply ITIL standards they'll usually say they want to in the future, so its a really good thing to have.

£100 for the ITIL foundation exam is peanuts too.
 
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I'd disagree with the previous poster. In my experience ITIL is usually desired by any employeer.. even if they dont apply ITIL standards they'll usually say they want to in the future, so its a really good thing to have.

£100 for the ITIL foundation exam is peanuts too.

And IMHO it is worth sod all if you are looking for an IT management position. To be taken seriously you need the ITIL v2 Service Manager qualification (aka the red badge) or even better recertification as an ITIL v3 Expert (not many around at the moment).

If you are looking for a specific role in one of the disciplines, the practitioner courses have some merit.

Regards, Squiffy - ITIL v2 Service Manager, ITIL v3 Expert, Prince 2 Practitioner :)
 

Paul_HDLover

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Agree with the virtual route. Im seeing a lof of software development being outsourced at the minute and also a lot of 'off the shelf' software being available from the likes of oracle, MS and Salesfoce. This is seriously cutting into the traditional lifecycle of design, code, test, install. More like, Design, install.

If i were you and could have my run again, id be specialiing in networking.
 

Digger

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ITIL....i wouldn't worry so much, but VMWare and even MS Win2k8 and their version of virtualisation is a big CV grabber at the moment. However, in London, jobs are drying up.

Is that Softgrid you're hinting at?

Thanks for the replies guys :smashin:. Where have all the AVF techies got to?
 
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The Dude

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I'm just about to start a similar re-training mission.
(I'm a 'retired' Active Directory geek)

Virtualisation and WANetworking are the only two techie areas worth bothering with these days IMO.

I've no fondness for working with Cisco stuff, and even less fondness for working with Cisco geeks.. :)
So, I've decided to leave VMware to the army of existing VMware gurus, and specialise in Citrix Xen VDI instead.




The industry has gone full circle in the time I've been involved... god bless broadband. :rotfl:

The PC is dead, long live the [-]dumb terminal[/-] Thin Client! :oops:
 

Spligsey

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IBM Mainframe - it's the future (hopefully):D
 

The Dude

Distinguished Member
Dude, IBM mainframe is like sooooooo last year!!!

You should see the new 'mini computer' :eek:




Does anybody else remember the heady days of emulating IBM mainframe on Windows PCs?

Oh, the irony.... :rotfl:
 

Sporran

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cant beat a bit of 5250 :)

anyway, the ones are above are all valid, though i would also be looking at lots of other techs around security. Though this depends on the position you go for.

Things to also have a look at are endpoint device management, encryption pretty much anything that solves or helps to manage data loss issues. Also being able to demonstrate excellent process controls around these.

Trust me its very very topical at the moment.
 

mjn

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Digger

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well I think you should consult some career counsellr only he/she can guide you better
They may well not be able to answer the question as is, and those in the field generally have their finger on the pulse.

Welcome to the forums by the way :smashin:. You will be asked to amend your sig (rules is rules).
 

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