3 Digital Trends You Need to Understand Now

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In today’s job market, superior digital know-how is a must. Here are three of the biggest trends you need to understand in 2013.

The Cloud
No, not the new movie from the Matrix creators. Cloud computing makes files and applications available over the Internet—music, photos, databases, word processing programs and more. In fact, the Cloud, in simplistic terms, is the Internet.

There’s a heap of jargon to keep up with, but you can get certified in cloud computing. Companies providing courses are Amazon, Rackspace, Google, and Salesforce. Prices start around $500.

If Marissa Mayer used crowdsourcing to name her baby, it can probably help you. Crowdsourcing means using social media to complete a task or project. Wikipedia and Kickstarter are two of the most famous examples. Inspired by community action? Read “Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business.”

According to Forbes, in 2013, mobile devices will pass PCs as the most common Web access tools. They are revolutionizing the way people do work and interact with companies. Whether you’re in finance, retail or restaurants, mobile is going to be a factor in your business. Mobile banking, for instance, is now used by 33% of mobile consumers, up from 24 percent in 2011. Figuring out how to give your company a mobile strategy, or advancing the one you have, is vital in this environment.

The more you know. What digital skills do you want to acquire this year?