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The Decline of the IT Generalist

vsBack in the good old days – say, 20 years ago – many small companies had what was considered an “IT generalist.” They pretty much did everything. They set up and managed the e-mail, fixed computers, kept an eye on the network, and managed small projects.

They were, of course, “the IT guy.” And even in companies with larger IT staffs, many of the IT workers had a hand in all different types of technology. They even dabbled in programming; it wasn’t abnormal for IT workers to be mildly proficient in Windows, Cisco, Perl, etc.

Well, now we’re approaching the age of “specialists.” Many companies have a separate “expert” in network management, help desk, project management, etc. And this trend is particularly acute in the programming world. The list of languages, of course, is a long one: Java, VB, C#, Ruby, Python, etc.

More and more companies are looking for language-specific specialists, and that’s good news for job seekers. Check out our Java, C#, or Visual C# tutorials and become a “specialist.”

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New SharePoint Features Will Boost Adoption, Creating a Demand for Proficient IT Workers

en-usFor the past 20 years, IT has struggled with the perception that it is a utility, rather than a “strategic partner” to the business. By “utility” we mean something akin to an electric company – an entity that helps the company “keep the lights on,” but nothing more.

Because of this perception, two things happen. One, IT fails to secure a “seat at the table” with other business partners, and two, IT workers are viewed, occasionally, as disposable.

Of course, some IT jobs are purely technical. But more and more technologies are breaking down walls between the IT function and the business. Case in point: platforms like SharePoint that access the cloud to enable business users to collaborate.

This recent article in CIO Magazine looks at the platform’s new functionality, plus integration challenges surrounding mobile devices and social media. And it’s precisely because of this improved functionality that SharePoint adoption will only increase over time.

So for technical programmers looking to make a transition towards more business-focused applications, a SharePoint tutorial is a great place to start.

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Creating a Learning Culture

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The better informed the people who work in your business are, the better they will be able to do their jobs effectively and efficiently. This is true in almost all work environments, but is especially true when it comes to IT departments, who are constantly having to master and learn new technologies before they have totally figured out an older program or system they are working with. Due to the speed at which technology moves these days, those within IT departments often find themselves overwhelmed by the amount of new information they have to digest in a short amount of time. This can often slow down the department and, in many cases, the business as a whole.

One great way to keep this from happening is to create a learning culture, one in which the employees of the IT department are interested and used to learning new programs and systems on a regular basis, as part of their jobs. Regular tutorial sessions may be one of the best ways to accomplish this. Video tutorials are incredibly effective, as employees can watch these on their own time or as a group. These can range from Visual Studio 2010 tutorial videos to video tutorials for C#. Courses can also be offered to employees free of charge as part of work requirements! In fact, tutorials are offered for just about every IT department program out there, so theoretically a business could create an easily accessible library of this information for their employees to access on their own, whenever they need it.

The information you make available and the more employees are encouraged and even paid to learn more about their trade, the stronger the learning culture will be at your company. When this is the case, everyone will be educated for just about any challenge work throws at them and will be easily able to overcome it.

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