3 skills IT pros should possess

CIO offers tips for IT pros

Coordination, analysis and innovation are skills vital to the IT professional, writes O’Reilly Media CIO Jonathan Reichental on O’Reilly Radar.

These skills are emerging as in-demand areas either as standalone career paths or in combination with other abilities, he reports.

In an IT context, coordination skills refer to providing guidance and oversight for multiple activities, and analysis includes identifying and extracting data patterns for decision-making purposes. Those skilled at being innovative are often charged with reducing costs while growing a company’s competitive edge, he says.

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Reader comments

Mon, Mar 7, 2011 Pete VA

I agree with RB, particularly with regard to writing. This is becoming a lost skill, especially with younger people who have grown up typing with their thumbs. These days people may only know you through email, and their impression of you will be formed by "ur" writing ability.

Fri, Mar 4, 2011 RB CA

You forget two VERY critical skills:(1) The ability to think (yes I see this as different from "analysis") and (2) The ability to WRITE.

Fri, Mar 4, 2011 Beel VA

How about *political* skill? Since it lacks a profit orientation, EVERYthing in the Fed is political!

Fri, Mar 4, 2011

RE: 'Hint' I would have said something similar. However, in my experience that can be said for non-GOV as well. Point being; status quo is a wide spread philosophy that will need to be addressed sooner, rather than later, in today's economy. Thus you have "in-demand" as the author stated.

Thu, Mar 3, 2011

I've got a hint for the O'Reilly pros, the "SKILLS" are the tasks of all management. In the government they are too often overlooked for doctrinaire status quo.

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