January 2015: IT Industry Trends & Technology for 2015

Welcome to 2015! This year looks to be off to a prosperous start for the IT industry as unemployment rate declines, salaries are seeing slight increases and hiring is on the rise. From hiring trends and most in-demand skill-sets to operational spending and employee retention, changes are coming for IT professionals and departments in 2015. Below are three articles that predict trends and strategies that will impact the IT industry this year.

Be prepared for what’s ahead in 2015!

10 hottest IT skills for 2015
The pace of job growth in IT may be slowing down, but it’s still moving at a strong clip. A healthy 24% of the respondents to Computerworld’s 2015 Forecast survey said that their companies plan to add more IT employees in the year ahead.  Here’s a look at the 10 IT skills that the 194 IT executives who responded to our survey said will be most in demand heading into 2015. Read full article

Steady Rise in IT Operational Spending Expected for 2015
Budgets for IT operational spending in the coming year will look better than the previous four years, but only by a bit, according to a new Computer Economics study. Read full article

6 IT Workforce Predictions for 2015
Every new year brings a unique set of challenges and opportunities for IT workers as existing technologies evolve and new technologies emerge. The first half of 2015 looks promising based on these six predictions from career experts. Read full article


Security Corner:

Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated and collaborative with every coming year. To combat the threat in 2015, information security professionals must understand these five trends. Read full article



Upcoming Events:

Houston SharePoint User Group

Monthly meeting: “Practical Tools and Techniques for Architecting and Maintaining High Performing SharePoint 2013 Environments”. Wednesday, January 21st at 6:00 PM More information/event website

Women’s Energy Network

Houston Energy Corridor Luncheon: “Managing the Cycles – Creating a successful career in any market environment Boom, bust and everything in between.” Thursday Jan 29th at 11:30 AM More information/event website


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