Network professionals


Technically called as ‘networking’ – another hot sector of the IT biz the common link between all these activities is ‘connectivity’. How it is useful? Here we are listing out some practical uses,

· Enjoy broadband internet services
· Withdraw money from a branch of your bank in another city or sometimes, from the ATM of another bank.
· Pay bills or reserve airplane tickets at any place.
· Know of the weather in London sitting at home in Mumbai.

The list can go on and on…

Truly, computer networks have steadily grown all around us. The internet, intranet, wireless, mobile communications and allied technologies are living examples of networking. Networking is primarily concerned with communication between computer systems and/or related devices. But it is not all about hubs and cables. It encompasses management, maintenance, performance checks and security as network involve information, routing of it to various locations via a range of paths, loads due to traffic sharing of software and hardware, and other tasks.

Computers are ubiquitous in our lives, and computer science students have careers anywhere there are computers. Between strong demand and rapid turnover, jobs abound for good systems and applications programmers, hardware designers, network managers, and consultants in many areas. Applications programmers are responsible for writing instructions to solve specific scientific or commercial problem. Systems programmers develop software which makes computer programming and operations simpler.

It is estimated that the IT & ITES sector is likely to provide an employment opportunity to as much as nine million people by the end of financial year 2008. This projection will go up by 2.5 million by 2010. Today India is considered as an IT giant with one of the major contributors to this newfound wealth being ITES (IT enabled services) According to a Nascom – McKinsey study, the ITES segment will generate job opportunities for over 1.1 millions Indians. Indian talent can fully capitalize on the opportunity and sustain a lead in the global IT-ITES space.

The global demand for flawless sharing of information has fuelled demand for network professionals. In fact, Indian businesses will invest almost $500 million on networking hardware this year.

Current projects are being coordinated between developer teams and the customer in collaborative fashion across the globe. And often, developers work on client servers which are on different networks. It is imperative thus that connection between the customer and the company be maintained all the time during project development. But this has to be secure, non-faulty, non-intrusive and speedy. Clearly, it is the experts in networking who make this possible.

This calls for quality IT training.

According to a NASSCOM report, India contributes a significant 28% to the total talent pool of knowledge workers globally. However, there is likely to be severe skill shortage of 500,000 knowledge workers by 2010.

Typical activities may include resources planning, network design, providing user assistance and training reconfiguring the network following a change in user requirements, assessing user needs and designing appropriate solutions and troubleshooting.

Networking is about handling software and hardware at the level of people. And as work continuity of people in a certain network depends on efficiency of the professionals.

Under any of the various job titles a network professional may be any one of the following:

· Network Administrator.
· Network (Systems) Engineer.
· Network (Service) Technician.
· Network Programmer/Analyst
· Network/Information Systems Manager
· Network Security Manager.

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