Technology has shifted industries to new paradigms pushing businesses of all kind to seek alternative solutions as we enter a new era of ‘hybrid working’. COVID-19 has triggered dramatic changes to our day-to-day working norms, shaping new trends and business scenarios. Whilst this pandemic has brought about a lot of unknowns, what is certain is how crucial tech professionals are for the long-term success of an organisation.
How is the technology market reacting to COVID-19?
VoIP, Telecoms, Medical Technology and SaaS-providers are just few examples experiencing an upward surge of their internal personnel requirements to scout for more talent owing to increased demand for their business services.
Even if your business is not involved in any of these sectors, remote-working practices is set to continue in some form or another for the foreseeable future as we enter into a new working era. Securing tech professionals with the right skillsets will remain crucial.
Some of the technology skills employers look for in the new era – hybrid working
Cloud and infrastructure
Cloud-based services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud provide the back-bone infrastructure for remote work. This nexus of services has transitioned the workforce to home working over the last four months (March-June 2020), hence the demand for talent with cloud and infrastructure skills.
The use of cloud systems remains widely in demand as partial or full lockdowns linger. The necessary skilled workforce will be required to ensure that organisations are able to operate according to business requirements and to deploy cloud services where needed. The consistency and reliability of a connected enterprise with wide access to cloud systems subsists.
Securing servers and data is no understatement. Advanced technology is continuously prone to vulnerabilities. Organisations need to keep investing to safeguard their systems and big data integrity, which in tandem keeps creating uninterrupted demand for talent to service & maintain cloud and infrastructure security.
An ever-increasing workforce is utilising personal devices to conduct their work, which has rendered company infrastructure more vulnerable to attacks. Actions address the need to ensure that the VPNs and network devices are frequently updated with the latest security configurations. Securing talented cybersecurity professionals will necessitate employers of the future to retain agile working practices for the foreseeable future.
Data scientists continue to play a central role to model the impacts of the pandemic, alongside the mapping of future outcomes.
The scope is to have a strategic decision-making process to reduce day-to-day mounting pressure on the business operations. Extrapolating, managing and presenting data visually enables senior management to quickly and accurately interpret subsets of information to formulate strategic actions for the future.
As we enter a more advanced digital transformation, the demand will skyrocket for the developers who can build platforms for both employees and customers. The result – increased demand for front-end, back-end and full-stack developers across open-source, Microsoft or other popular technological stacks.
The speed with which organisations continue facing the pandemic has triggered a massive adoption of digital transformation projects. Companies which have been gradually and slowly moving away from legacy systems have had to quickly adapt or else perish.
This acceleration will continue to boost ongoing demand for change and project management professionals to help facilitate transformative change. Engaging professionals, bolstering technical competencies and a heightened level of soft skills will be pivotal to navigate the digital era into the new realms of doing business through remote workplaces.