‘No man is an island..’ and what better place can this apply but in an organization’s IT department. This time, they’re no longer isolated in some secret room as they run servers and develop software. Thanks to technology that has been rapidly shaping the IT landscape for the last few years, 2014 gives rise to a new breed of indispensable talents we call: The Hybrids. They are the new breed that come across various disciplines – from Business, People Management, Accounting, Finance to IT all blended into one. The walls of the structured roles are being demolished with new job titles that bring value to the business, plain and simple… and only those who master the craft become true winners in a world demanding for specialized excellence.
Working in a Multi-Dimensional Zone
If finding the right IT skills for the job was that easy, we wouldn’t have headaches right now. It is not new to us that many tech professionals are still stuck with traditional roles, and they may not have the business and people skills needed to become A-players in the enterprise. How many developers out there are social-media savvy, cloud-smart and an e-commerce maverick? A very gifted few, I’d say. How many more in the IT care about understanding their business goals and its customers? One may argue that this is like becoming a Jack-of-all-trades which may devalue their worth in the jobs market. On the contrary, it’s all about making yourself more valuable in the eyes of the employer with a few expertise that will help their business stay competitive – even if there are cheaper alternatives. It’s about custom-fit skills made for specific needs.
Hybrid IT Roles Will Become Mainstream
IT has morphed beyond recognition and with new technology comes new shoes to fill in. We may see a growth in demand for enterprise architects who know how to integrate cloud computing with existing systems too. Sustainability and scalability are crucial when companies are adopting cloud models in their business. There is also a demand for business analysts who have a few data scientist skills so s/he can look deeper into all those numbers and come up with an intelligence that will drive more sales. Then, large organizations may be looking for those IT folks with social skills to help make security and compliance policies easily understood from bottom-up. Of course, software developers shouldn’t just code, but they should understand customer experience when someone navigates a website… and many more, I guess. Everything’s integrated.
Connecting in a Hybrid World of Hybrid Skills
It sounds funny if we say that IT skills are mutating and we may just label ourselves as mutants in the job marketplace. Turns out that technology is also undergoing some supercharged metamorphosis – from open hybrid cloud models to enterprise computing. There’s just this need to have a centralized approach where IT governance is concerned. Everyone wants to control big data with cost-effective cloud components and there’s a gold mine of opportunity here. While many are debating who owns the cloud in the Amazon developer’s jungle, take note that in order to succeed these days – you may just have to create a demand. Manipulative? Maybe. For the same reason that I’ve asked you from my last post if you can create value through innovation, this time, let’s make a swap and ask ourselves on how we can create innovation through solutions that provide real value to the business.
Did you know that 90 percent of data online is unstructured? Now, that’s a cue for you to come up with ways of filtering the signal from all these noise. Good Luck!