TechSwindon Summit 2020 - You can do IT: The world of the Information Technology professional today

The Information Technology (IT) profession is a pretty exciting place to be, right now.

We’re seeing an unprecedented influx of new technologies and approaches, including AI, robotics, automation, and next-level networking.

More importantly, today’s IT workers have become the guardians of identity and curators of information.

The IT community is always looking for new people to join in on the fun.

If you’re curious about what it’s like to be part of the IT profession, then join CompTIA’s Chief Technology Evangelist, Dr. James Stanger, to learn more.

James will discuss the pillars of IT that help create our (post)-modern world, and dispel a few myths about the IT profession.

If you’re interested in learning more about the different IT pathways available to you, and how you can become a unique contributor to the IT profession, then we welcome you.

Topics will include:
- Our ambient computing world – supporting the tech needed for the 4th industrial revolution
- What is IT today?
- Your place in IT
- Skills that organizations need today – and the increasing skills gap
- Addressing the skills gap: The things you can bring to IT

1. Our ambient computing world – supporting the tech needed for the 4th industrial revolution
 a. What is “ambient computing,” and why should I care?
 b. The 4th industrial revolution and your career

2. What “IT” means today
 a. The “shift leftward” or “drift northward”
 b. Information custodians? No: Information curators
 c. Guardians of identity
 d. We ensure the supply chain
 e. Constant innovation – less “wintering”
 f. Creativity – the new IT domain
    i. We need thinkers – who “do tech”
    ii. Not just the “people in the server room”
    iii. Communication

3. Skills that organizations need today
 a. AI and ML
b. Device diversity – IoT / OT
 c. Cloud – the emerging tech enabler
 d. 5G and advanced networking
 e. Automation
 f. Cybersecurity
 g. DevOps

4. Skills gaps that have emerged
 a. Today’s challenges
 b. Overcoming a few skills gap myths

5. Where you fit in
 a. IT’s all about you
 b. Lifestyle choices
 c. Diversity
 d. A roadmap

About the speaker

Dr. James Stanger has consulted with institutions worldwide concerning cybersecurity, Linux and open source, and emerging technologies for over 20 years. He has worked as a security analyst, pen tester, and systems administrator.

Organizations he has worked with include Dell, SoftBank, Cambridge University, General Dynamics IT, the British Army, the Japan Self-Defense Forces, Northrop Grumman, IBM, New York University Abu Dhabi, and Symantec. He has also designed certifications and curricula for education institutions worldwide. An award-winning author, blogger and educator, James currently works as Chief Technology Evangelist at CompTIA. He lives and plays near Puget Sound in Washington State.

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