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6 technical skills you should learn in 2015

There are people that constantly work on themselves, get new knowledge and, as a result, succeed. For such people were collected technical skills that will help you live well, regardless of what sphere you work.

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Learning is too late never.

Life is very dynamic. To remain in the stream, it  is not enough to finish high school or any courses and feel a guru. We need to study constantly. But, if we go in for everything, we can get crazy. Selectivity is the key to success. Maintain the relevance of your knowledge in these six disciplines, and in 2015, everything will be fine.

1. Coding.

Although coding and computer science are still marginalized in the K-12 education system, it’s clear that the ability to code has become as important as other basic forms of literacy like reading and math.

Fortunately, no matter what your age or current comfort level with technology, there are ways to pick up intro coding skills — and many of them are free. Start with Code School, which provides interactive learn-to-code challenges along with entertaining video instruction, or Hour of Code, which offers a free one-hour coding tutorial that’s available in over 30 languages.

2. Big data.

As ever-larger volumes of data are created, it’s vital to know how to collect and analyze that data — particularly when it’s related to customer preferences and business processes.

No matter what industry you’re in, you’ll miss out on key marketing and decision-making opportunities by ignoring big data. You can brush up on big data concepts, technologies, and vendors with these courses.url

The amount of Big data is increasing

3. Cloud computing.

Learning to utilize the cloud’s flexible power can improve everything from your data security to your collaboration ability. Learn cloud-computing basics with this hour-long online course, which you can view in full with afree trial from Pluralsight, or try this free intro course on the topic from ALISON.

4. Mobile.

If you don’t have a mobile strategy, you don’t have a future strategy. An increasing number of companies will learn how to mobilize their revenue-generating processes, like making purchases and depositing checks.

This is also the year that we’ll hit critical mass with the fusion of mobile and cloud computing. That means many more centrally coordinated apps will be usable on multiple devices. Here’s a list of beginner-level courses related to mobile technology from Pluralsight, as well as options for mobile apps courses from Lynda.com.

5. Data visualization.

Data keeps multiplying, which means whatever message you hope to communicate online must find increasingly creative ways to break through the noise. That’s where data visualization comes in, which involves using a visual representation of the data to discover new information and breakthroughs.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a web designer or developer to create compelling infographics. Here’s a list of 10 free tools you can use to visually enhance your data.

6. UX design skills.

User experience (UX) designers consider the end user’s ease of use, efficiency, and general experience of interfacing with a system (such as a website or application).While user experience has long been important, it has become more so recently in relation to the diverse ways that users can now access websites, including mobile and apps.XT0rT7S8m05XiX58YPzCSg

Firstly, it looks nice

“The more complex the system, the more involved will the planning and architecture have to be for it,” writes Jacob Gube. But it’s not just professional designers who can benefit from understanding UX design — anyone can. Check out this animated video from UXmastery on “How to Get Started in UX Design.”

These six tech trends are reshaping the way businesses in every industry function internally and connect with their customers. Get smart in these areas, and you won’t have to worry about being left behind — at least not this year.
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