Searching for the right skill sets in the IT Field
Searching for the right skill sets
Any individual either in or attached to the information technology (IT) field can attest to the idea of growth. The field is constantly growing and evolving. One example would be the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT). The term refers to the network of internet capable devices that are used in everyday life. They require more skill to create or modify on a regular basis, to say nothing of the multitude of systems already exchanging data regularly. Well over a third, even approaching half of businesses today are looking for IoT solutions and launch of devices that compose even more of this growing area of daily life. As such, the knowledge base is doing the same. New tech, systems, and the fusion of the two are commonplace in the field, making remaining an expert in cutting or even bleeding edge IT a constant challenge. This has created the gap in tech skills that plagues the current business market.
IT is a highly specialized set of skills, one interwoven with the newest and most impressive technology and programming. IoT represents an even more specialized niche of IT, proving to be an even more exclusive skill set. Nearly 70% of businesses, professionals, developers, and vendors that are looking for IoT experts are struggling with the task. The only universal aspect is the concern within the business world over the lack of skilled people available. Critical areas of IT are being left open as businesses try to push forward blindly. It is an impossible situation. The skills are not easy to find or in some cases even available. Thus, a business either has to press on and do their best, or be steadily left behind.
The business world is both desperate for and actively hunting IT professionals, including IoT specialists. Finding IT is difficult enough, but more specialized groups like IoT are a unique blend of different aspects in IT. The more rarified a skill or material, the more difficult it is to find. In today’s market, it seems a simple search. Find a vocational or technical school, and actively seek out graduates. However, this means getting people with no practical experience. Conversely, those with the experience are so rare that their services are extremely sought after. Companies that can obtain such a specialist have a workforce equivalent of a treasure hoard. Something everybody seems to want at nearly any cost, making them tightly guarded and well-kept.
Some companies have IT specialists that can be groomed into the idea of being a more specialized form of professional, but this also has complications. It requires a professional to being open to far more than simple continued education and certification. For instance, IoT requires a professional to be knowledgeable in both operational technology and IT for the given products he or she will be working with. Professionals will be required to gain new skills in areas that were previously not open to them presenting new challenges and in some cases new way of thinking. Radically reorganizing skills and thoughts to cater to new fields is difficult to say the least. Other combinations can include Big Data and analytics, the former being all but a necessity in the field any longer. In this case, the sum of the skills are far more important than the component parts.
IT specialists were always known for having a unique set of skills that were in need of constant tweaks. This was because of the very nature of IT. Developments in systems includes the upgrades and advancements in technology. Computing devices continue to shrink while still advancing in power and speed. New fields such as telecommunications and robotics meld into the field of technology in innovative ways, integrating seamlessly into our lives. Running these systems are the myriad of programs that can interface flawlessly, conflict, crash, or any combination thereof. Specialists are required to understand the components of these programs and tech on a near-intimate basis to ensure they are prepared to operate and problem-solve as the needs arise. Consumer and business demands also drive the fields of IT and all its subsects further, in faster rates than ever before. Businesses are desperate for specialists that are able to help them understand the moment and be prepared for future situations. The gap in skills is widening, much to the chagrin of all involved. Skilled individuals are spoiled for choice, left with too many options to make reasonable decisions. Businesses are left with a skill famine, with nowhere near enough individuals to meet the needs of the community.
Businesses are scrambling on all fronts to find a way out of the situation. Three prevailing viewpoints are currently emerging. The first is to continue trying to surpass the skills gap. Ongoing recruiting in a very high-demand market is difficult, but some see no other viable option. In the meantime, they are pressing forward with what skills are available, and run the risk of creating experts that may or may not pay off the investment. A second option is to outsource. Some companies promise to be able to assist partners with the IT workload. Others provide experts through staffing solutions. This gives them access, at least temporarily, to skilled people that can perform the needed work. In this case, when the contract is fulfilled, the expert leaves and then the company is back in the same situation. A final option is growing in popularity of trying to simplify the IoT. Combining and simplifying the interconnectivity of internet-capable devices can be an answer as to what will be more efficient in the future- more skilled people, or less complicated devices. Just as the IT field, the solutions are evolving at a rapid pace. It is currently difficult to see just what will be the most viable option in time.