Six Emerging IT Jobs for the Digital Revolution

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-17-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Six Emerging IT Jobs for the Digital Revolution

    CIOs who assemble teams of tech professionals who nimbly support their organization while speaking the language of business will be better prepared for the challenges of digital.
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    Top Emerging Tech Jobs: Experience Designers
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    Top Emerging Tech Jobs: Experience Designers

    Experience designers create products or services based upon real customer interactions (not just data), translating the resulting insights into solutions using tools that visualize customer personas, empathy maps and journeys.
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    Top Emerging Tech Jobs: Agility Coaches
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    Top Emerging Tech Jobs: Agility Coaches

    Think of these coaches as Olympic trainers for the enterprise: They are strong communicators and influencers who launch and support agile processes throughout all business areas. In addition, they produce key metrics to demonstrate impactful progress.
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    Top Emerging Tech Jobs: Product Owners
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    Top Emerging Tech Jobs: Product Owners

    This employee is a mini-CEO of a particular tech initiative, defining the vision for a product or service and ensuring it provides high business value. Working directly with developers, engineers and business stakeholders, they "get" the user experience—as well as the tech required to effectively deliver it.
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    Top Emerging Tech Jobs: Full-Stack Architects
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    Top Emerging Tech Jobs: Full-Stack Architects

    In an increasingly complex and rapidly changing tech landscape, the full-stack architect needs to take command of web/mobile user interface development, middleware micro-services, back-end database operations and third-party packaged software management, among other critical functions.
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    Top Emerging Tech Jobs: Next-Gen Machine Learning Engineers
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    Top Emerging Tech Jobs: Next-Gen Machine Learning Engineers

    This software engineer works closely with customer-data managers, leveraging machine learning to collect and assess massive amounts of information—including that from social-media interactions and purchases—to create comprehensive, 3D pictures of customers.
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    Top Emerging Tech Jobs: DevOps Engineers
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    Top Emerging Tech Jobs: DevOps Engineers

    These IT pros skillfully navigate fast-shifting development and cloud-infrastructure ecosystems, building out tools that bring self-service and on-demand access to teams with the click of a button.
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    Best Practices for Landing This Talent: Establish a Compelling Vision
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    Best Practices for Landing This Talent: Establish a Compelling Vision

    Money is great, but it's just part of the package. It's critical for CIOs and their companies to demonstrate commitment to a digital transformation, with clearly articulated opportunities for position candidates to innovate, disrupt and advance.
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    Best Practices for Landing This Talent: Focus on "Anchor" Hires

    Considered as highly respected authorities in a particular tech discipline, "anchor" hires will enable you to convince other talented IT pros from their network to come aboard.
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    Best Practices for Landing This Talent: Expand Your Recruitment Roadmap
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    Best Practices for Landing This Talent: Expand Your Recruitment Roadmap

    The emerging technologist may not even have a traditional resume, or apply for jobs on the usual career sites. To engage them, raise your visibility through discussions at places like Hacker News and Stack Overflow.
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    Best Practices for Landing This Talent: Create a Competition
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    Best Practices for Landing This Talent: Create a Competition

    Host online competitions that invite prospective candidates to showcase their tech skills, as businesses that maximize the potential of digital-talent platforms increase output by up to 9% and reduce employee-related costs by 7%, according to McKinsey research.
 

Many jobs of today won't exist five years from now, experts say. They'll be replaced by new ones that will help organizations advance and stay competitive amid fast-changing technology and business shifts. CIOs, of course, will take a lead role in shaping these positions. As companies proceed with these efforts, they should carefully consider this list of six emerging IT jobs, as adapted from a recent report from McKinsey titled "The New Tech Talent You Need to Succeed in Digital." The jobs signify the building demand for tech professionals who nimbly support their IT teams while "speaking the language" of business. In some cases, they are hired to usher in a new era of project management and, in others, redefine the customer experience. While it is nearly impossible to predict with 100% precision what will happen in the future, CIOs who assemble teams with this quality of talent will boost their potential to maximize opportunities for whatever lies ahead. "Successful digital businesses share some common traits: They're focused on the customer, operate quickly, are responsive and agile, and can create proprietary insights," according to the report. "And given the rapid pace of change, companies will increasingly need to be able to engage with broader ecosystems encompassing a range of businesses and technologies, as well as position themselves to take advantage of emerging artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of Things." The report features best practices for landing this talent, and we've included some of those here.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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