Indispensable skills for present and future businesses are almost all concentrated in the area of digital technology. Over the next 5 years, businesses will be heavily involved in the digitalisation of organisational processes. Investment will be especially targeted at human resources, with the aim of finding digital professionals in possession of the skills needed to satisfy the latest market requests.
Some key words for future skills
When discussing indispensable skills for businesses wishing to compete at the highest levels and win, we can include key words such as the Internet of Things, Customer Experience, and Big Data.
These are the cornerstones of technological evolution and are already guiding the move to new procedures inside firms and will continue to do so. The new technologies are now used not only to help optimise services and products, but also to improve workflow, making it quicker, more effective and efficient.
The direction that future businesses will take has already been mapped out and it will involve technology occupying an ever more central role in steering companies towards better decisional processes. So which professionals can make a difference in this area?
The most sought after professionals
The most sought after skilled professionals include designers and engineers. They are able to interact with the IT department as well as with the marketing department and they have the right skills to translate a concept into a design or to be able to transform a prototype into a new software or app. In this context, the expertise of front end developers and engineers who design software for mobile devices is particularly important.
Another profession we should take notice of is the Agile Development and Scrum expert. These two methodologies are very similar and were both conceived as part of the software development sector.
The list of indispensable professionals for present and future businesses does not end here; it should also include other figures such as product owners, who work on defining the vision of a new product or service.
Another noteworthy role is that of full stack developers, who are able to work on both front and back end environments. Other highly sought after professionals include machine learning experts, engineers skilled in distribution calculation and able to program in scalable elaboration environments.
Another highly sought after figure in the next few years will be DevOps engineers, who are experts in a methodology which is fundamental for collaboration between different departments. These are indispensable skills due to the increasingly important role of Cloud Computing and the infrastructures of programmable software, now much more easily manageable.
DevOps engineers make the difference in these contexts, because, thanks to skills developed in numerous areas of the IT sector, they are able to manage a system in which the consolidation of rapid development, testing and final distribution of the software, not to mention reliability, are fundamental.
It is clear that highly technical digital skills are at the fore but, as far as company development is concerned, they cannot replace those indispensable skills which are also digital but ‘lighter’.
An example? Copywriting ability, which includes preparing newsletters, company blog posts or company Facebook posts and all that relates to SEO writing (that is the optimisation of the site on search engines through the targeted creation of texts and the management of link building strategies).
Translated by Joanne Beckwith