Over the past 12 months, many employers have seen salaries for technology professionals with specialized skills (most notably in database and networking technology) creep upwards. There’s a straightforward explanation for that: the database and networking sectors are undergoing major disruption, requiring professionals with the right mix of skills and experience to wrangle large, often mission-critical systems. Among these disruptions: the general transition from on-premises to the cloud, as well as the proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies connecting millions of devices into sprawling networks. As ranked by Dice’s Salary Survey, the technology resulting in the highest pay for tech pros is SAP HANA, the high-performance analytical database application. Coming in second is MapReduce, a model and implementation for processing Big Data sets. At third is Cloud Foundry, a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for application development. HBase (an open-source distributed database) and Omnigraffle (a digital illustration app) round out the top five. Cassandra (a distributed database management system), Apache Kafka (a stream-processing platform), SOA (Service Oriented Architecture), Ansible (an open-source automation engine), and Jetty (a web server) rounded out the top ten. While HANA first appeared on this list in 2015, Cloud Foundry, Apache Kafka and Ansible are making debut appearances this year. Networking and database technologies such as Compellent, Drupal, JCL, FCoE, Nimble, Hbase, Pure Storage, and TI or T3, along with the Camtasia video-editing suite and the Open VMS operating system, all supported skills that saw the biggest salary increases over 2015. Employers also recognize the need to keep highly specialized talent onboard through regular salary bumps; some 61 percent of tech pros reported their pay increasing from a year ago, while only 9 percent said they suffered a decrease. Moreover, employers are hitting a “sweet spot” when it comes to salaries, with 54 percent of surveyed tech pros saying they were satisfied with their compensation (up 1 point from 2015).