What's on the horizon for Technology Professionals??
If you're considering upgrading or refreshing some skills that will be in demand in the next two years, look for Business Continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) as opportunities currently in the making. Projects are starting, or will start soon, that require specialists with BC and DR knowledge and experience. Why? Because as most companies are looking at introducing cloud into their environment to add flexibility, contain cost or convert Capital Expenses (CAPEX) to Operational Expenses (OPEX), cloud for disaster recovery is becoming a viable option for a lot of clients.
For small and medium-sized business, the cloud gives the same capabilities that larger companies have had for years. Many big companies have secondary data centers they can use for data back-up and recovery, whereas smaller companies don't. The cloud, however, gives those small and medium-sized businesses more possibilities with its ability to back up data or replicate servers to a remote site, and then failover the servers and network to the remote site in the event of a disaster.
For larger companies with elaborate disaster recovery environments and strategies, introducing the cloud can be beneficial from a financial and control perspective. These organizations need to create an integrated strategy of processes, architecture, and the reporting necessary for audit and governance purposes. The flexibility to test more frequently and the ability to scale up or to scale down if needed are examples of reasons they are trying to introduce cloud into their environment.
What does this mean in terms of market skills needed? Well, reviewing DR and BC strategies, from small to large size companies, means the start of a new cycle of projects where DR and BC skills will be in demand. 2015 should see an increase in demand for DR specialists, starting with project managers with extensive knowledge in that field.
Are you up-to-date on your business continuity and disaster recovery skills? Would you like more information about these potential opportunities? Let us know, we'd love to help you prepare!