Why being an IT Professional is not Enough?June 6, 2017
Less is more, organisations are undergoing some major restructuring based on this philosophy. IT, in particular, is the department under the scanner, majorly across the year 2017. There is a big shift in the way this department is being viewed by the management. They now want to look at it as a revenue generator and not a cost factor.
The dawn of 2017 has seen some historic lows in the unemployment rates for the IT industry. Having said that, it does not mean the life of an IT professional is a short one. As always the case with evolution, the old gives way to the new, while some roles might not have the same value in the field of IT that they had a couple of years ago, there are some new roles which are trending like hot cakes. Hence an IT professional, in current times will have to wear many hats to exist.
In today’s scenario, an IT professional is challenged to add value to the organisation. So how do they do that? Simple, by upscaling few skills in the right domain, which is the need of the hour or might be needed in the near future. So in simple words, what is really needed is a reshuffling of skills rather than looking out for alternative careers.
Let’s understand the roles that individuals will need to adapt in order to be desirable talent.
Efficiency in Programming
Organisations have started focusing on minimising costs and minimising time so that they can focus more on understanding and solving business challenges. Hence the IT associated with the organisation cannot have a one-dimensional approach as a software developer but will need to be nothing short of an all-rounder, by showing efficiency in multiple languages of programming, i.e., DevOps, QA, DBA, Analytics and additional tools.
Now in this particular area, the demand clearly exceeds the supply. Security Auditor Information, Security Manager, Cyber Security Architect are some of the roles that need appropriate talent. Recent headlines about some high-profile breaches have alerted big corporations on methods of securing their businesses before they are compromised.
According to some research, the networking professionals will continue to be in demand in the coming years in spite of a stall in jobs some time ago. Especially Network Administration and Network Engineers are some of the skills that are in demand. It is predicted that the digital business will also flourish and one will see growth there too.
Designers and Developers and QA Testing
With the ability to mimic human emotion and intuition, using techniques of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, together will give rise to client expectations in providing effortless and easy navigation on e-commerce sites and gaming sites. User Experience (UX) or User Interface(UI) Designers will be sought after and high in demand.
Hand in hand goes the Quality Assurance Testing at the back end of this interface development, to ensure that not only the customer-facing end is seamless, but it also has the strong backing of robust software behind it.
There is a phenomenal growth in the evolution of cloud computing skills required by organisations, Cloud/Azure Architect, to AWS Consultant or Cloud Engineer and Developers are some of the roles which are in high demand. There is a shift towards Public Cloud Infrastructure and Hybrid Cloud Adoption solutions. The organisations and big corporates have already built strategies towards their needs in cloud solutions and in recent times are building teams for implementation.
Data Scientist, Data Engineer, Data Architect, are some roles that most companies are outlining and intent to build on, as they continuously struggle with the flow of unstructured data from various sources. Organisations have understood the value of this data, and look at trained professionals to steer the organisational strategies in the right direction, using the information from this data. Professionals who can develop solutions to Capture, Analyse, Interpret and Explain the findings will continue to be pivotal for organisations across industries. Hadoop, R, Python, SAS and knowledge of other programming languages should be acquired to show flexibility and efficiency on the job.
There is a radical change in the way the world of technology works, things which use to take 300 lines to programme, with changing technology can be done in less than 15 lines. The IT jobs that will be in demand in the near future are particularly from fields of Cloud Computing, Big Data and Analytics. The workplace and the workforce need to adapt to this change. Up-skilling thus becomes the need of the hour.