Today’s technology professionals are at an inflection point in their careers. They have one foot grounded in today’s realities, while the data suggests they’re also setting their sights on what’s to come—often with a bit of trepidation about their ability to manage emerging technologies.
Common technologies of recent history are still top-of-mind for tech pros. They say they want to work on hybrid IT, security management, and software-defined skills for current implementation. However, technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analytics, and career paths like data science, coding, and programming, fall within the top five technologies or skillsets these pros are looking to develop. What’s more, tech pros are eyeing career development goals like leveraging technology expertise to take part in their organisation’s innovation and strategy—they’re learning to speak a new business language as they increasingly seek a seat at the corporate table. They’re also beginning to consider the effects of emerging tech on their careers yet feel unequipped to implement and manage impending innovations.
With an understanding of the skillset and career development landscape, it’s important to note that not only is more training in these areas needed, it’s desired. In addition to lacking full confidence in their ability to manage environments, time- and budget-constrained technology leaders have been unable to meet the demands of tech pros who crave weekly training sessions. The urgency of day-to-day tasks often impedes their ability to participate in learning sessions they find most valuable, like full-day courses, self-guided trainings, or webinars. The data suggests a greater need to empower skillset and career development for technology professionals, so they can continue helping businesses transform their technology today while also preparing for future disruption.