Anthony J. Pennings, PhD


Wanted: Top Skills in Information System Management

Posted on | February 12, 2011 | No Comments

The market for information tech and systems management skills is starting to look good again, despite a continued trend to look offshore. The following are some of the ISM (Information Systems Management) skills in demand and what talented professionals are making.

  • ABAP (Advanced Business Application Programming)
  • ABAP, pronounced as ‘ah-bop’, is a high level application-specific fourth-generation programming language created by the German company SAP, one of the largest enterprise software companies in the world. ABAP runs the SAP enterprise technology database platform that includes NetWeaver and SAP Application Server. Originally designed for materials management and financial and management accounting in large corporations, ABAP now provides programmers with the opportunity to make around $106, 000.

  • ETL – Extract, Transform, Load
  • ETL is a process in the SQL environment that involves collecting data from a variety of sources, transforming the data towards a business/operational end and then loading the data into a target database. IT pros with skills and experience in Extract Transform and Load make around $100,000. ETL has been combined into single programming tools that have been used by IBM (IBM InfoSphere DataStage), Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services, and Oracle (Oracle Warehouse Builder).

  • Informatica
  • This California company holds some of the most recognized data integration tools including include PowerCenter, PowerExchange and 29West‘s Ultra Messaging. Informatica experts earn an average of $102,000.

  • Oracle Database and Application Server
  • Larry Ellison’s Oracle continues to be at the center of the information systems environment and knowledge of Oracle RDBMS and/or Oracle Application Server provides good job opportunities. Oracle Application Server expertise can get you about $88,000 while programmers for Oracle Database are able to take in $91,000.

  • Virtualization
  • Virtual means real in effect if not in actuality. Virtualization in an IT sense is the creation of a completely functional hardware platform, network resource, operating system, or a storage device completely regardless of their physical layout or location, meaning it is device-independent for the most part. It is not particularly new and should not be confused with emulation. Virtualization skills run about $85,000.

  • J2EE/Java
  • From its Java beginnings as a client side programming language for mobile applications, J2EE/Java skills have expanded to a wide set of applications. In particular, it has become integral to a wide range of enterprise applications primarily with the use of J2EE. These skills are very much in demand and can garner from $90,000 to $101,000.

    Other areas in demand are Peoplesoft, Business Process Improvement, Service Oriented Architecture, Information Security, Global E-commerce, Cloud Management,, Project Management, Windows Administration, and an assortment of Web Development, Network Administration, and Digital Media skills.



    AnthonybwAnthony J. Pennings, PhD is the Professor of Global Media at Hannam University in South Korea. Previously, he taught at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas and was on the faculty of New York University from 2002-2012. He also taught at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand and was a Fellow at the East-West Center in Hawaii during the 1990s.


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