DiceTV Update: Open-Source Opportunities, the Cloud and More on Health IT

Open source is still hot. You really should be thinking about what the cloud could do to you. And there are health IT jobs in Cincinnati. All on this week’s DiceTV update.

More than two thirds of organizations worldwide see themselves investing more money in open source. Thirty eight percent expect to migrate mission-critical software to open source in the next 12 months. This has fueled a growing demand for software developers, systems administrators, network managers and other tech professionals who know open source. On Dice, my search for open source brings up more than 2,300 job listings, especially for programming skills like Ruby on Rails, Hadoop, Linux, MySQL and Python. While open source products are free, companies make money by providing services, support and products  built around them. That’s made many companies profitable enough to compete with proprietary software companies.

Jeff Vance, a writer for Datamation, thinks the cloud should worry you. While there’s a lot of opportunity it the cloud, it’s also changing the landscape of IT – even no one knows for sure just how big that change is going to be. If you’re in tech, Vance bets you’re already worrying. Even as the recovery begins to bring jobs back – slowly – some types of IT jobs are going to disappear. For instance, if a company’s e-mail is in the cloud, why keep someone on-board to administer Exchange? What’s this mean for you? For one thing, you may need to broaden your skill set. The skills most in-demand – like  networking, information security and tech support – are also among those most prone to outsourcing. One CIO preficts that in five years, he’ll only have about 25 percent of his workforce – the rest will be outsourced. So, learn skills for jobs that either can’t be outsourced, or will be needed to oversee vendors – like vendor management.

Remember last week I talked about the shortage of IT pros in Health IT? Here’s an example. The city’s Business Courier says hospitals in the Cincinnati area need at least 100 IT pros to set up electronic medical records systems. But: The people they need aren’t always easy to find. Good Samaritan and Bethesda North hospitals by themselves want about 30 people. They want to hire locally, but will go outside the area if they need to. Cincinnati State Technical and Community College just announced new courses to train 80 students a year over the next two years for implementation and support roles.

— Mark Feffer

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