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10 Dying IT Skills
January 22, 2010
These 10 skills are no longer as valuable as they once were, according to a white paper by Global Knowledge.
- COBOL. Although COBOL applications still process a hefty percentage of the world's business data, they won't be in COBOL forever.
- HTML. Today's web developers need more than a good grasp of HTML.
- SNA. IBM's proprietary Systems Network Architecture is still in use, but permanent jobs requiring SNA skills are increasingly rare.
- Siebel. Siebel's CRM software couldn't compete against software-as-a-service (SaaS) packages, and demand for Siebel expertise is decreasing.
- RAD/Extreme Programming. Since 2003, these skills have been losing ground as more application development is outsourced.
- ColdFusion. This language has been eclipsed by Microsoft .NET, Java, PHP, and Ruby on Rails.
- Wireless Application Protocol. WAP now has to compete with a new generation of mobile web browsers.
- Visual J++. Microsoft's version of Java had a troubled history from the beginning and was eventually replaced by .NET.
- Novell NetWare. Novell certifications used to be hot, but hiring managers now want Windows Server and Linux skills.
- Asynchronous Transfer Mode. ATM never took off as a LAN platform, and a growing number of carriers are using Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS).