Autotask Week in IT: The Changing World of IoT & Top IT Job Skills for 2016

December 11, 2015  

CIO: 10 hot IT job skills for 2016
By Sharon Florentine

It's a great time to be in IT. Unemployment rates in the IT industry are hovering near historic lows and some roles - such as network and security engineers and software developers -- are showing unemployment rates at around 1 percent. Given those numbers, it's no surprise that 81 percent of IT leaders say they have difficulty finding IT talent, according to a recent TEKsystems survey.

ComputerWeekly: Building regulations will drive IoT in offices
By Cliff Saran

Commercial buildings are set to lead the adoption rate of the Internet of Things (IoT) until 2017, when smart homes are expected to gain momentum, according to analyst company Gartner. Bettina Tratz-Ryan, research vice-president at Gartner, said IoT creates a unified view of facilities management, as well as advanced service operations through the collection of data and insights from a multitude of sensors.

Channelinsider: Distribution Comes of Age in the Cloud
By Michael Vizard

As a vehicle through which IT products have been acquired and ultimately delivered to end customers, distributors have long played a pivotal role in the channel. With the rise of cloud computing, the way IT products are consumed is fundamentally changing. Those changes, however, are not so much eliminating the need for distributors as much as they are altering the mechanism through which they now deliver IT products and services.

Channelnomics: MSPs must assess cloud vendor health before engaging
By Lisa Lacy

Entering into partnerships in the channel is never taken lightly. But as more and more consolidation occurs - not to mention splits, end of life for key products, general economic road bumps and other vendor issues - solution providers must assess the health of any potential vendor partners they are eyeing up. Doing this will help efforts later down the road intended to mitigate challenges a partner can face, in particular when it comes to vendor financials.

MSPmentor: IoT: 7 Considerations for MSPs
By Dan Kobialka

What does the Internet of Things (IoT) mean for managed service providers (MSPs)? Here are seven IoT considerations for MSPs. 1. Securing the IoT Remains a Top Priority: Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky has referred to the IoT as "the Internet of Threats," and perhaps for good reason. But MSPs can make IoT security easier for their customers. MSPs that offer rotating network keys or tokens and conduct periodic endpoint integrity checks can ensure their customers are protected against myriad cyber threats.

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