Technology is fueling a digital revolution – creating new jobs that were unheard of outside science-fiction and giving exciting opportunities to the businesses that are willing to grab them.
Living in a world where technology is an everyday tool, the endless potential for the IT industry make it both a daunting, but also thrilling environment which should continue to gain momentum over the next decade.
While the future may see the IT industry lead by a workforce of robots and drones, the present day has seen a number of critical technology roles developed and filled by talented human employees. These individuals willhave a big say in how successfully an organisation conducts business and takes advantage of new technology.
Chief Information Officers (CIOs)
In the past, the CIO role was mainly responsible for the information technology and the computer systems that support the enterprises goals. The CIO would make sure the software is implemented properly and would ensure information is flowing between departments. However, new research from Deloitte has revealed that because of increasing data volumes and cyber security, CIO are having to change the way the conduct their technology portfolios. As part of their Tech Trends 2014 report, Deloitte suggested CIOs are beginning to behave in a similar manner to current venture capitalists. This means they are business savvy and strategic – developing investment strategies and analysing current trends. CIOs who can work with big business will be very successful in the future.
Mobile technology developers
Businesses are beginning to incorporate smartphones and tablets into their business plans. Easy-to-use and useful for analytics, these devices are likely to play a major role in the company of tomorrow.
Although most employees will already know the basic functions of their devices, the security risk associated with business technology is growing. This will mean developers with insight into both data breaches and mobile technology will be greatly sort after. Mobile technology will allow businesses, of any size, to operate in untouched markets as well as revolutionising the way employees collaborate across the globe.
Cloud computing has perforated into all corners of Australian business and there are no signs of halting this runaway train. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), 86 per cent of large Australian enterprises (with 500 or more employees) are currently using cloud computing, up from 71 per cent in 2012. Specialised staff are desperately needed to design these applications and adapt them as the business grows. As businesses continue to design their own data centres, there will be more demand for individuals tuned to maintaining security and computing capabilities.