In a survey conducted by REMEDI recently, EDI professionals shared their perspective and experience about a range of topics including the skills most requested when contacted about projects. Here are the response details in regard to translation package, operating systems, and ERP preferences among companies seeking EDI professionals.
Translation Software – Sterling Commerce led the way with 41.6% of project inquiries requiring GIS skills compared to 17.7% of inquiries requiring Gentran knowledge and ability. While Sterling commanded 59.3% of the project based requests, Inovis and GXS based opportunities accounted for 19.7% of searches during the same period according to respondents.
Platform – Experience working with translation packages running on Windows servers outpaced UNIX based requests 32.2% to 27.7% respectively. Clients requiring experience in the AS400/iSeries midrange arena (22.2%) rounded out the top three requested platforms.
ERP – Leaders in the ERP skills arena included SAP representing 51.6 % of respondents and Oracle with 30.3% of professionals being sought after for those skills. JD Edwards ranked third with a 10.1% request rate among participants.
It’s also important to remind ourselves that survey results often provide a current snapshot, which may not reflect past or future job markets. As the recovery continues and companies reinvest in their systems, the need for workers proficient with currently less dominant EDI technologies will re-emerge in the form of upgrade and migration requirements in order to keep pace with demand and competition.
By knowing what skills are in demand you can examine your background and experience and ensure you are properly promoting and developing your EDI skill set in a way that’s in-sync with the current marketplace.