Ten Tech Skills Heading the Way of the Dinosaur - 2013 Edition

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A decade or more ago, there were three big email platforms: Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes (Domino) and Novell GroupWise. All three exist today, but one continues to gain market share while the others have dropped off. Lotus Notes, by the latest estimates available, has about 10 percent of the market. People are moving more and more to hosting email in the cloud, using Gmail (or private company versions of Gmail), Office 365 (Hosted Exchange), etc. There are also many shareware or freeware platforms (such as VMware's Zimbra) that people can use for very little cost. The latest studies suggest that by 2016, the majority of companies will host their email in the cloud instead of keeping it locally. Unless you work for one of the cloud providers, it may make sense to broaden your skill set and learn something beyond email administration, such as virtualization, storage, data analysis or SAP.

IT is a very fast changing industry - what is hot today may be a tiny niche market in only a few years and things that few have heard of may be huge trends in the same timeframe. There are many new technologies on the way, and that means opportunities for those who watch the coming trends to prepare themselves early on, and thus have experience when the demand picks up. There are many articles devoted to what is hot in the IT industry today, so we won't rehash them here. Instead, Global Knowledge has focused on skills that are going away. If these skills are all you have, you may soon find yourself in an unemployment line. If these skills are the most recent ones you have, NOW is the time to update your skill set and prepare for the future.

This year's top 10 skills that are going the way of the dinosaur (in no particular order) include the following.


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