IT staffing is a complex need of many companies.
Few fields experience change as rapidly as information technology. As companies perpetually seek technological solutions to their problems, information technology innovates to provide the needed solutions. This rapid change leads to ever-evolving needs in IT staffing. Here are 9 current trends of which IT staffers should be aware:
Trend #1: Certifications are up.
Having certified IT skills in particular areas of specialization is becoming more important when obtaining a job in the field. Training has become so specific and detailed that employers want to know that an IT hire has the skills necessary in the area of need.
Trend #2: IT architecture certification is an area of desperate need.
The need for designers to provide structure and solve problems in rapidly decentralizing IT departments has become acute. IT architects design and build systems that give companies the IT infrastructure to be able to accomplish their goals.
Trend #3: Cloud skills and integration
Although the cloud skills gap has been closing for many companies, it is still an important source of hiring and certification as companies seek to integrate more areas of technology with the cloud.
Trend #4: Human capital management systems
More IT personnel in HR departments is the end result of this trend, which uses IT and data to better manage employees, structure their duties, and measure their performance.
There are as many different IT staffing needs as there are companies hiring IT professionals.
Trend #5: Cybersecurity
The security of ever-changing technology always struggles to keep up with innovation, and as use of technology continues to expand into more and more areas of most businesses, cybersecurity needs also expand.
Trend #6: Analytics - Big Data
Collecting data is becoming ever easier as systems advance, but data is not really all that useful without knowing what it means. Analytics is a growing area so that companies can handle and make use of all the data they are collecting.
Trend #7: User Experience/Collaboration Facilitator
There are many moving parts to some companies' IT infrastructure, and the end users often need help in knowing how to use technology effectively. The user experience facilitator also works to improve the end user experience of all systems and improve collaboration and productivity through technology.
Trend #8: IT Service Manager
Having an IT manager with experience in business engagement, technology sales and marketing is often needed to oversee all IT services end-to-end. This is a big picture position that can help make sure the way the company is using IT fits into the overall goals of the organization, as well as keeping an ear to the ground as far as new technologies that can be integrated.
Trend #9: Fewer consultants and more full time workers.
According to IT researcher David Foote, moderate economic improvement has led companies to bring on more full time workers and reduce their use of consultants. Full time workers are typically more invested in the company they work for.
IT is a field that currently reinvents itself every 5 to 10 years, so knowing about trends in staffing can give companies an edge as they look to remain competitive.
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