2Security, Mobility: Most Consistently Impactful Trends
In the first half of 2014, business intelligence/big data, security, mobility and cloud computing were among the top five initiatives with the biggest impacts on organizations. Mobility has been the top impact area for three straight quarters, and security was the second most impactful area for all three quarters.
3IT Staffing Expectations
4Qualified Developers, Architects Hard to Find
In the first nine months of this year, developers and architects placed consistently in the top five most difficult positions to fill with exceptional talent. Programming, application development and architect positions have also been in the top five. On the flip side, help desk and technical support, cloud and social media have consistently been the least difficult roles to fill with top talent.
5Project Management in Growing Demand
6UI, UX Developers Apt to Be in Future Demand
The skills gaining importance in the future will most likely include those that evolve from the hottest trends in IT today—big data and business intelligence, mobile, security and cloud computing, TEKsystems Research Manager Jason Hayman told eWEEK. Some of the skills within these impact areas that will continue to gain traction include user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) developers and designers, data modelers, ethical hackers and project managers.
7Data Modelers Turn Random Data Into Information
Whether organizations are improving the end-user experience on a mobile device, or making enterprise applications more user-friendly for non-tech types, workers with UI/UX skills will be critical, Hayman said, while data modelers are critical for turning seemingly random data sets into usable, predictive information that can be leveraged to make real-time decisions.
8Changing Tech Trends Mean Project Managers Are Critical
With security breaches a constant threat to almost all organizations, ethical hacking will be a necessary skill as organizations continue to test and safeguard their systems, Hayman explained. For project managers, technology’s lightning-fast rate of change means IT projects and initiatives never cease. “Organizations will continue to need IT project managers that can shepherd their projects effectively,” he said. “As trends like DevOps and Agile [development] continue to expand, organizations will need to tap into PM talent capable of driving large initiatives.”
9More Than a Third Reported Increases in Temporary Hiring
10Large Percentage Report Flat Temporary Hiring
11Reasons for the Decline in Confidence
Over the course of the year, there has been a slight decline in those who expressed confidence and those who were neutral, and an increase of 7 percent in those who were not confident. The report concluded that in addition to never receiving increased budgets to complete workloads, this dip in confidence could be attributed to the realization that time is running out to complete planned projects or that additional IT projects have been scheduled for the remainder of the year.