Ishan also mentioned the latest technologies an IT person must be aware of, such as mobile application development platforms, free and open source software (FOSS), e-commerce technologies, social networking (e.g. Twitter, Facebook) cloud computing (e.g. Google, gmail), and system design and simulation.
He said that many academic institutions, organisations and even enterprises are now moving towards FOSS, and since the FOSS software can’t be directly used for a given scenario, it has to be customised, bringing revenue for the IT person.
He informed that most companies nowadays want to maintain their own websites for faster updates and have a facebook page to do direct marketing, showcase products, and customer relationship management (CRM).
“The plight of IT professionals is that they have to continuously upgrade themselves and keep abreast of the latest technologies and trends or they’ll be the first to go in the current job market,” he advised. He said that technology is moving so fast and the IT person cannot say that he wants to do what he learnt now for the rest of his life.
About 50 people attended the talk, including Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Wong Tat Meng, students from Universiti Utara Malaysia, USM, International Islamic University, Management and Science University, and OUM, and those in software development.