In Summary
  • At a global level, the 2018 ICT buzzwords like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain will continue to inform skills required through out the the new year.
  • AI is already becoming prevalent in our daily lives and enterprises than we care to admit.
  • As enterprises seek to cut down operational costs, migrating ICT services to the cloud has become an increasingly attractive option in the recent years. And with that, cloud related skills have also soured up in demand.
  • As mobile 4G networks continue to expand their geographic reach, we expect Internet of Things (IoT) applications to come of age.

As 2019 opens up, we need to take stock and see what kind of ICT skills would be in high demand.

At a global level, the 2018 ICT buzzwords like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain will continue to inform skills required through out the the new year.

IMPACT

But what does all this mean from our regional and local context?

When you fire up your online taxi app and it tells you how long your trip is likely to take relies on certain aspects of AI & Big Data.

When you apply for some loan from one of the many mobile-money lenders, they would use some form of AI & Big Data to determine your credit worthiness in the absence of any collateral.

Increasingly, many routine functions across different sectors in finance, health, agriculture, education, transport, manufacturing and others are going to mainstream AI & Big data analytics into their operations.

What this means is that AI & Big Data experts are going to be in high demand over the next couple of years.

CLOUD COMPUTING

Next is Cloud Computing skills.

Many local and regional enterprises are beginning to embrace cloud computing and its technologies.

In its simplest form, cloud computing outsources some functions of the ICT department – along the same spirit that many organizations outsourced security, catering or cleansing services.

For example, many organisations have their websites or email services hosted in the cloud and subsequently avoid frequent downtimes that would arise if these services were hosted in-house.

Perhaps more importantly, these organisations also avoid capital expenses that arise in having to buy and maintaining hardware servers in-house.  They instead lease server capacity in the cloud on a pay-per-use basis.

As enterprises seek to cut down operational costs, migrating ICT services to the cloud has become an increasingly attractive option in the recent years. And with that, cloud related skills have also soured up in demand.

These skills would include the ability to re-design the traditional enterprise applications and redeploy them into the cloud.  Cloud providers are also keen to hire those with the ability to orchestrate and maintain cloud applications and resources within their Data Centers.

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