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

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For years, every company had a PBX (a Private Branch eXchange), which was like a mini-phone company on the company's premises. More and more, companies are switching to mobile platforms, VoIP-enabled phones, and even communication over your computer and an Internet connection (such as Lync from Microsoft). There are many vendors that will outsource this functionality for you, either doing it all and forwarding to your mobile phone or providing a unified inbox and communications via an application, such as Lync, which is provided as part of Office 365. Either way, the use of phones is decreasing and, while they may never completely go away, they may do more and more over standard Ethernet, making it an IT task instead of telephony administration. Now would be a good time to study up on VoIP and networking if you wish to stay in this line of work, or consider broadening your skills further in case the company outsources all these functions.

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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