In the tech industry, there is constant disruption caused by new and emerging technologies. Although these new innovations continue moving the industry forward, they also often pose challenges for businesses trying to create long-term strategic plans and forecast upcoming needs of the company beyond three to five years.
As an IT leader, I believe It’s important to stay on top of tech trends and understand how staffing and training plays a significant role in the deployment and maintenance of those technologies. Companies need to be laser-focused around the following technologies and ensure they are setting themselves up for success by preparing and hiring the right people with the right skill sets.
While cybersecurity isn’t new, there is a high demand for specialized tech talent able to protect companies against breaches. Credit card companies, retailers, and even credit reporting agencies are being breached, and it’s costing companies millions and billions of dollars. Because of this, companies are seeking cybersecurity experts.
When it comes to finding those experts, many companies are trending towards hiring candidates with a military background. Because their experience dealing with cyber warfare is similar to how hackers often attack or steal data, their skill sets and experience carry over well into the commercial space.
INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT)
If you aren’t familiar with this term, essentially it just means putting internet connections into everything.
Think Smart Homes. They are all about IP networking because with this technology, your microwave and oven can have an IP address that allows you to connect them to WiFi and use them directly from your mobile device. And it’s not just smart homes; there is also business application to IoT.
While it’s definitely a very niche and specific talent pool with minimal jobs available, I foresee this cutting-edge technology growing rapidly in the future. This means that skills spanning from business analytics to hardware interfacing need to be developed now in order to sustain this growth.
Although microservices have only begun being widely adopted throughout the last five years, every company is starting the switch to this model.
Simplified, microservices just means that companies are taking big apps, making them into smaller apps then having the smaller apps communicate. By using this approach, companies have a more affordable and flexible option that allows for them to scale up or down based on demand.
There’s still a lot of unknown about this sector and the type of developers that are not only trained in microservices, but also are a good fit for these roles. However, a good starting point for companies looking for these types of developers, is finding those skilled in domain modeling, DevOps and continuous integration.
Over the last few years, there’s been a huge influx in companies switching to the cloud. Even unexpected companies like banks are switching to the platform as a service (PaaS) model. With PaaS, everything is already set up in a service, rather than having to figure out how to create a server and database.
While it sounds great (and it is), finding people that are skilled in serverless architecture available in platform providers such as AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and others can prove difficult.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI)
While we can’t quite replicate the human mind yet, AI has a huge amount of potential to impact the tech industry. Present day, AI is able to take large sets of data to create the perfect data set, and then pump that into mathematical algorithms to find patterns that will create correlations to the golden sample which we use to train our “model.” Over time, our model becomes so mature that the algorithms can become extremely smart.
For a tech team to be proficient in AI, they need to be skilled in math, probability, statistics and data science — all skills that many people in tech possess. Frameworks like Hadoop and Spark alongside a programming language like Python, Java, or Scala are highly-prized skills in today’s AI market.
For project management and software development, Agile is a newer way of teams working together. Ten years ago, developers, testers, business analysts and others were locked into their own role. Fast forward to today and everyone is on the same team working simultaneously.
For developers, this means they need to be able to collaborate well with people and wear different hats. No longer are the days where developers sit in a corner writing code all day. They must have strong soft skills, as well as technical ones. Developers must now be able to consult, engage, listen, problem solve and deliver results in order to be successful while working in Agile.
Overall, when a company considers deploying a new technology, they need to not only augment missing gaps in their staff, but also bring in talent that can help transform the business and take it to the next level. Hiring tech talent trained in DevOps, microservices and other skills the company is still learning, allows them to get a fresh set of eyes and technical skills to successfully transition the company into these next generation technologies.
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