Diversify Skill Sets

By Billy Bosworth  |  Posted 2011-02-03 Print this article Print

Strategy No. 3: Diversify skill sets

Because of the relative calm of the database world in the past few decades, armies of dedicated specialists have evolved. While there is still (and likely always will be) value in having such specialists, during a disruptive time such as this it is wise to diversify your skill set.

If you are an executive in an IT organization, this means you need to encourage and facilitate learning. Often, your current experts are the ones with the highest aptitude for learning new technologies quickly. They also have enough real-world experience under their belts to help sniff out hype from reality. Today's experts should not stay comfortable in their current realm.

While the focus of this writing is on databases, let me be clear that this means developers as well.  Developers drive much of the change that occurs in the IT infrastructure. If you're a development expert in one or two languages, it's time to get multilingual. Obtain a working knowledge of these new languages and platforms and your value to the business rises considerably.

Billy Bosworth is the Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise Database business unit at Quest Software. Billy has been with Quest since 2005. Prior to Quest, Billy was director of product management at Embarcadero Technologies. Billy has nearly 20 years of experience in the IT industry, including a variety of roles as developer, database administrator and owner of an independent consulting company. Billy speaks often at industry events and co-authored the book "PowerBuilder 5 Developer's Resource: Client/Server Programming for the Enterprise" (Prentice Hall). Billy holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Louisville. He can be reached at billy.bosworth@quest.com.

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