Q.4 A TECHNOLOGY DEGREE USED to seem the best ticket to success, but lately I hear that field too is becoming crowded, and grads will need something more. What have you heard?
A. YOU'RE RIGHT, AN IT DEGREE used to insure a secure job and sold future. Not anymore. Today, IT pros also must have business savvy, sometimes even more so than technical expertise. The most sought-after abilities, according to the latest survey from CA Technologies, are communications skills, knowledge of business strategies and people skills - specifically, being able to work collaboratively with others. In the past, developers worked independently to code and test software apps, but, today, there's a new movement - known as DevOps - that fosters collaboration between IT and operations, along with the business executives. Having IT folks speak Management's language is proven to pay off -- 66 % of DevOps adopters say they've experienced an increase in revenue.