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All Talent Development Centre posts for Canadian technology contractors relating to technology trends.

Here’s How 5G Will Change Your Life

Mobile technology is constantly being updated, and it does not take long for your current phone to go ‘out of style’. So what is the latest news in mobile technology? It’s 5G. This video from Techquickie defines 5G as mainly being built around the idea of connecting devices, and creating a more elaborate mobile network that will be able to handle all of these new connections. It will also allow for faster internet speeds, and ideally allow individuals to be able to use up to one GB/second.

Although it will not be available to the public for quite some time they are looking into doing trials for the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games, and expect a widespread of 5G in about 2025. Looks like self-driving cars and automated homes are not too far away from being a reality. Let us know if you’re excited for this new 5G update in the comments below!

Secure Yourself in the Internet of Everything

The Internet of Things (IoT) has made our lives exciting. Innovators are working overtime, doing their best to connect everything imaginable to the internet. In fact, if you speak to some people in the industry, they’ll tell you companies’ approaches are often to create a solution first and then hope there’s a demand from consumers. The result is an influx of random items we can control with our smartphone, even if we really don’t care to do so.

As fun as it may be to have every smart device connected, it can come with many risks. Anything connected to the internet can also be attacked, which brings the adventure from fun to concerning. If you’re the type who likes to get every smart gadget and dive into IoT innovations, then make sure you also understand how to protect yourself against certain risks. This infographic from TrendMicro can help you start to understand the possible attacks on the Internet of Everything and how to secure your smart device ecosystem.

Layers and Protocols: Possible Attacks on The Internet of Everything #infographicYou can also find more infographics at Visualistan

The Future is Yours!!

Brendhan Malone By Brendhan Malone,
Vice-President, Central Canada at Eagle

Why independent contractors in IT should always be on top of the latest tech trends

The Future is Yours!!When I first started in recruitment immediately following Y2K, the market was very slow. Seasoned professional contractors were having tremendous difficulty landing contracts. Unless of course you were a technical or functional consultant in the ERP world and your experience was in the right module, it was tough.

What is the point of my statement?

There are trends in the industry that are worth following. After the most recent economic crash in 2008, financial institutions were looking for any way possible to reduce risk. Consultants and contractors with risk system experience were in tremendous demand in a down market.

Which quickly brings us to today. Is it luck if your area of expertise becomes in high-demand? Sometimes I’m sure good fortune plays a role. I would argue, however, that being on the cutting edge of market trends can take some of the luck out of it. Asking yourself a few key questions in regards to where you see demand for your skills and area of expertise going forward should be a weekly exercise.

The key point to mention is that the current in-demand skills are often times no more difficult to obtain or develop an expertise in than those that are diminishing in demand.

Artificial Intelligence is a perfect example of the importance of identifying current and future demand for your skills. AI is not going anywhere and companies will be relying on it more and more every day. Can your skills be augmented to provide value to this emerging area?

Automation is coming and coming fast, particularity in administrative processes. How do your skills apply here and if they don’t, how can you obtain relevant skills to automation?

People are browsing, shopping, and purchasing on their mobile devices at staggering levels. Only a few years ago it was primarily a device for browsing. Those who had the foresight so obtain mobile development skills have reaped the rewards of this demand.

This may seem like obvious considerations but the difference between having in-demand skills and not can drastically affect your standard of living.

A contractor should be on the hunt to educate and further their own skills and knowledge. Make sure you are always evolving in your professional life and you won’t be left behind but will stay at the forefront of technology changes.

Top-Paying Skills for 7 In-Demand Tech Roles

Top-Paying Skills for 7 In-Demand Tech RolesA couple weeks ago we shared some interesting salary data based on the findings of Dice’s annual Tech Salary Survey. While this is great knowledge, it may not be helpful to those deciding where to invest in training to get the best return. Fortunately, the survey went on to answer that question by providing the top-paying skills for the most in-demand tech roles. Here’s a quick summary of the findings:

Top Paying Big Data Skills

  1. MapReduce ($125,009)
  2. HBase ($123,934)
  3. Cassandra ($123,459)
  4. Apache Kafka ($122,728)
  5. Elasticsearch ($120,002)
  6. PIG ($119,118)
  7. Solr ($119,032)
  8. Hadoop ($118,625)
  9. Hive ($118,589)
  10. RabbitMQ ($116,909)

Top Paying Cloud Skills

  1. HANA ($128,958)
  2. Cloud Foundry ($124,038)
  3. PaaS ($120,403)
  4. Amazon RedShift ($119,197)
  5. Cloudera ($118,896)
  6. Docker ($118,873)
  7. Amazon Route 53 ($118,828)
  8. IaaS ($117,422)

Top Paying DevOps Skills

  1. Ansible ($121,382)
  2. Korn Shell ($118,273)
  3. Jenkins ($113,354)
  4. Puppet ($112,883)
  5. Chef ($112,523)
  6. Vagrant ($111,422)

Top Paying Project Management Skills

  1. CMMI ($119,466)
  2. PMBOK ($118,233)
  3. Kanban ($112,932)
  4. ISO 270000 ($112,556)
  5. Lean ($111,970)
  6. Scrum ($109, 876)
  7. Agile ($108,459)

Top Paying Mobile Skills

  1. Objective-C ($116,667)
  2. Swift ($110,877)

Top Paying Design UI/UX Skills

  1. OmniGraffle ($123,782)
  2. Balsamiq ($110,744)

Top Paying Front-End Dev Skills

  1. JSON ($107,258)
  2. Angular ($105,496)

Keep in mind, the findings above are based in the United States. While we expect these are still high-paying skills in Canada, rates and salaries will differ depending on your industry and region.

Does Anybody Know the Use of This Keyboard Key?

“Scroll Lock” — it stares at us all day long, yet have you ever questioned its use? Apparently few people ever do, yet there it is, appearing on all of our keyboards. As this video from CHM Tech says, even in the ’80s, an executive from a keyboard manufacturer admitted that he wasn’t completely sure of its purpose.

So, why is there a Scroll Lock key on your keyboard? Believe it or not, some people do use it! Just watch the video and learn how. Can this key help you? Do you already use it?

Salary & Rate Trends in Tech, According to Dice

Dice is a leading job board in the United States focusing specifically on IT jobs. In addition to career opportunities, the website also provides valuable insight for technology professionals and often conducts extensive research to back that up. While the statistics they publish are usually US-specific, these trends are often apply to the Canadian IT industry.

The annual Dice Salary Survey, which was published at the end of March, had participation from 12,907 employed technology professionals. It contains extensive research that is useful for both IT professionals and recruiters alike. While there is too much to summarize it all in one post, here are a few helpful graphics regarding rate and salary that may help you negotiate or plan for your next contract:

Average Tech Salaries Dropped a Little in 2016

The past 10 years has seen a significant rise in tech salaries; however, 2016 was the first when average salaries dropped slightly. It will be interesting to see which direction the trend moves in 2017.

Dice - Average US Tech Salary 10 Year Trend
Source: Dice Salary Survey 2017

Average IT Contractor Rates Also Dropped Slightly

IT freelancers were not immune to the 2016 drop in rates, although it wasn’t as big of a decrease from 2015 compared to the average salary decrease.

Dice - Hourly Rates for Contractors
Source: Dice Salary Survey 2017

Consultants Are Still Making More Than Full-Time Workers

When Dice used the base rate per hour to determine an IT consultant’s annual salary, they still came up ahead of full-time workers by more than $20K. While this may seem like a wide gap, in reality, when consultants factor in expenses such as insurance and risk of having no work, it isn’t a huge difference.

Dice - Average Salary by Employment Type
Source: Dice Salary Survey 2017

The Top Salaries by Job Title

If you’re wondering which jobs garner the highest salary, then here’s your answer. Tech Management has the highest salary, but keep an eye on the Security Engineer which had the highest growth in salary from 2015.

Source: Dice Salary Survey 2017

IT Industry News for March 2017

Kevin Dee By Kevin Dee,
Chairman of the Board at Eagle

This post first appeared on The Eagle Blog on April 6th, 2017

IT Industry News - March 2017This is my 30,000 foot look at tech events for March 2017. What you see here is a précis of the monthly report I produce, which will be available in more detail at the News section of the Eagle website, where you will also find back issues.

A Little History of March in previous years …

Hootsuite logoIn March 2012, there was some activity with a couple of (then) young companies receiving significant capital — Appirio ($60 million) and Hootsuite ($20 million). Cisco made a couple of acquisitions, paying a whopping $5 billion for video software and content company NDS Group in addition to a smaller network management buy, ClearAccess. NEC paid $450 million for the information management business of Convergys and Avaya paid $230 million for an Israeli videoconferencing and telepresence company Radvision. Other companies on the acquisition trail were DELL, EMC, SafeNet, Avnet and The Utility Oracle logo a large software company originally noted for its databaseCompany. Four years ago, March 2013 saw some of the “usual suspects” making acquisitions, but there were no billion dollar deals announced. Oracle continued its move into the telco space with the purchase of Tekelec; Google bought the small Toronto University-based company DNNresearch in the machine learning vertical; Microsoft sold Atlas Advertiser Suite to Facebook; and Yahoo bought Summly. In March 2014, Facebook made a somewhat surprising $2 billion acquisition of virtual reality company Oculus VR. Intel also expanded its horizons with the $150 million acquisition of smart watch maker, Basis Science. SAP added to its purchasing software suite with the acquisition of Fieldglass and TELUS made a couple of buys, Enode, a management consulting company out of Quebec HP logoand Med Access, an addition in British Columbia, to their healthcare division. March 2015 saw some significant M&A activity with HP paying $3 billion for Aruba Networks; Lexmark paying $1 billion for customer management software company Kofax; eCommerce company Rakuten paid $410 million for ebook marketplace Overdrive; Cheetah Mobile paid $58 million for mobile ad networkMobPartner; TeraGo Networks paid $33 million for cloud provider RackForce; IBM bought natural language and image processing company AlchemyAPI; and in the cable TV world Charter Communications paid $10.4 billion for Bright House Networks. Last year, in March 2016, we saw the $3 billion sale of Dell IBM logoServices to NTT, a direct result of Dell’s restructuring following the recent purchase of EMC. IBM was out bolstering its services business with a couple of acquisitions; the first was Optevia, a UK-based integrator focused on Microsoft Dynamics; and the second was Bluewolf Group, a global Salesforce consulting partner. Montreal-based Yellow Pages picked up Toronto-based Juice Mobile, primarily for its mobile marketing capability. Another Toronto company, Influitive, raised some cash ($8.2 million) and bought a couple of mobile app companies, Ironark Software and Triggerfox; and Netsuite bought IOity solutions, a cloud-based manufacturing software company.

Which brings us back to the present …

Intel logoIn March 2017, the major acquisition in the headlines is Intel’s purchase of Israeli computer vision company, Mobileye, for a hefty $15.3 billion. HPE bought storage solution provider, Nimble, for $1 billion. DeskConnect, the startup that developed the Workflow app, has been acquired by Apple who will offer the app for free. Amazon Web Services, a public cloud infrastructure provider, acquired Thinkbox Software, a company that provides software for managing media rendering workloads. Mozilla acquired Pocket, a startup that developed an app for saving articles and other content.  It is interesting to note, based on my sources that over the last few months, there has been a noticeable decline in Mergers & Acquisitions in the technology space.  Recent articles suggest this might change in the coming months.

canadian flagIn other tech news, Statistics Canada released a report highlighting Canadian participation in the sharing economy, i.e. peer-to-peer services, and its role in the Canadian economy.

Another story that took headlines last month was that US corporate information, including work email addresses and phone numbers, was leaked from a 52-gigabyte database owned by Dun & Bradstreet.

That is it for my monthly look at what was happening in the technology space over the last month, compared to the same month in previous years.  I’ll be back in about a month’s time, until then … walk fast and smile!

Customize Google Chrome and Increase Productivity

Google Chrome enthusiasts are going to love this video from ThioJoe, especially if you’re the type of person who likes exploring the settings menu and customizing everything as soon as you get a new toy.

The default settings on many technologies hide some very helpful features. Perhaps the makers do this to simplify the product and avoid confusing less technical users, but for those who have advanced knowledge of tech, it feels so limiting.

Have you explored everything that Chrome has to offer? This video provides 11 hidden features of Chrome that are worth exploring if you want to rid some of your internet pet peeves, optimize your browser’s performance or improve you productivity.  Is there anything you can add?

Top 20 Trends to Expect in 2017 (Video)

If you like keeping up to date on the latest trends and technologies, this post is for you. Earlier this week we shared an infographic with web design predictions for the coming year, but that’s nothing compared to this video from Trend Hunter.  In it, Jeremy Gutsche, futurist keynote speaker, dives into everything you can expect to see in the coming year.

Just a few of the fads we can expect to see are Suspended Adulthood, Instagrammable Fitness, Embedded VR, and Sponsorship Gaming. For all of the details and the complete list, set aside six and a half minutes and check out the video — you won’t be disappointed.

IT Industry News for December 2016

Kevin Dee By Kevin Dee,
Chairman of the Board at Eagle

This post first appeared on The Eagle Blog on January 6th, 2017

Tech News HeaderThis is my 30,000 foot look at events in the ICT industry for December 2016. What you see here is a précis of the monthly report I produce, which will be available in more detail at the News section of the Eagle website, where you will also find back issues.

A Little History of previous year’s Decembers …

Five years ago, in December 2011 Ottawa’s March Networks was snapped up by Infinova Canada for $90 million, and Toronto based Rypple was acquired by Salesforce.com!  The BIG deal was SAP’s $3.4 billion purchase of SuccessFactors, who had also announced they were buying Jobs2Web for $110 milion.  It was IBM that was the most active acquirer of the month, paying $440 million for DemandTec, also picking up Emptoris in the procurement world and Irish company Curam Software in the government sector. Oracle logo a large software company originally noted for its databaseFour years ago, in December 2012 there was a fair amount of M&A activity with Oracle making two acquisitions, marketing automation company Eloqua ($871 million) and Dataraker which provides analytics for utilities companies.  The big deal of the month saw Sprint pay $2.2 Billion to take full control of cellular competitor Clearwire.   Montreal based Cogeco paid $635 million for Peer 1 Networks and NCR paid $635 million for retail software and services company Retalix.  In the BYOD space Citrix bought mobile device management company Zenprise for $355 million.  Finally, Redknee added 1200 employees and 130 new clients through the purchase of Nokia Siemens Business Support Network. December 2013 was a slow month, however Oracle pulled off a $1.5 billion buy of marketing software company Responsys; Akamai paid $370 million for cloud-based IBM logosecurity solutions provider Prolexic; JDS Uniphase paid $200 million for enterprise performance management company Network Instruments; IBM bought a “big data” file compression company Aspera and Hitachi expended its solutions capability with the purchase of Calgary based Ideaca.  In other company news Target, although not an IT company, had a major security breach involving details of 40 million debit and credit cards.  December 2014 was not such a slow news month, with the political and technical ramifications of “the Sony hack” causing uproar, some very positive economic indicators out of the US and some big names making acquisitions, albeit not huge deals.  Microsoft made two Microsoft logoacquisitions, the $200 million purchase of mobile email app startup Acompli and mobile development company HockeyApp (which has nothing to do with hockey).  SAP bought travel and expense management company Concur; Intel bought a Montreal based identity management company PasswordBox; Oracle bought digital marketing company Datalogix; Teradata bought data archiving company Rainstor; and MongoDB bought high-scale storage engine company WiredTiger. December 2015 was not a busy M&A month but there was some interesting activity.  The big deal saw Canadian telco Shaw make a big play into the cellular space with its proposed acquisition of Wind for $1.6 billion.  Meanwhile Rogers was also out shopping and growing its Maritimes presence through the acquisition of Internetworking Atlantic Inc.  Other deals in December were not large but did feature some of the big players.  Oracle bought Stackhouse a cloud company with a specialization in “containers”; IBM boosted its video in the cloud capabilities with the purchase of Clearleap; and Microsoft picked up a mobile communications company, Talko.  Other deals saw Ingram Micro buy the Odin Service Automation business from Parallels and in the storage world Carbonite bought Evault from Seagate.

Which brings us back to the present …

December 2016 saw Adecco sell its majority stake in Beeline VMS to GTRC, a private equity firm, for $100 million in cash plus a $30 million note; CRN solution provider SS&C purchased asset service firm Conifer for $88.5 million; solution provider QRX Technology Group acquired IT equipment provider Kerr Norton at the beginning of the month; networking solution provider, Juniper Networks acquired cloud operations management provider AppFormix; Uber bought start-up Geometric Intelligence Inc.; and Shopify acquired Tiny Hearts, a Toronto-based mobile product development studio.

In other news, Yahoo disclosed that one billion accounts were hacked in 2013 making it Yahoo logothe largest data breach recorded in history. To safeguard against hacking attempts on your devices, Check Point Software advises users to make sure they download the latest versions of software as they have discovered new malware that targets devices running outdated software. Cyber attacks and security breaches are also a major concern for IT and business professionals where, according to Symantec, 30% of business surveyed have experienced a hack over the last two years.   GoPro also announced layoffs of up to 15% of its workforce and Amazon delivered its first package by drone!

That’s my look at the tech news for December 2016.  Until next month, walk fast and smile!