With IT talent continuing to be scarce, organizations should rethink their hiring strategy and focus on roles that will yield the biggest ROI.
Organizations across the globe have kicked off their 2022 IT hiring. However, the year is not showing any dip in demand for IT talent. In fact, as per a recent report from Gartner, titled, “2021-2023 Emerging Technology Roadmap Survey,” IT executives stated that talent shortage is the most significant barrier to 64% of emerging technologies, further increasing the demand for top IT talent.
IT security professionals and digital transformation leaders are particularly high in demand, driven mostly due to digital transformation and the continuation of remote work.
Organizations that deliberately put their digital transformation initiatives on hold during the pandemic are now prioritizing them, seeking the help of top IT professionals to lead them. Along with digital transformation, organizations are also seeking IT security professionals to strengthen their cybersecurity infrastructure.
With the above IT objectives in mind, below are the three IT roles that are high in demand that will help organizations to achieve their goals in 2022 and beyond:
Solution engineers and architects
Whether the digital transformation goals of the organization are to standardize applications, modernize infrastructure, or another objective, they will require solutions engineers and solutions architects. Solutions architects help the organization determine how their IT department can support business needs while improving hardware, software, or infrastructure. They act as the bridge between IT and business operations.
On the other hand, solutions engineers help the organization carry out the vision laid out by solutions architects who design and develop the systems and provide their demo before implementation.
Along with them, there will also be a surge in demand for project managers to ensure follow-through and completion of these projects.
IT Security experts
There is a tremendous shortage of IT security talent and in 2022, the demand for these professionals will only increase as organizations continue to invest in data security and system security.
As hybrid and remote work become, today’s ‘norm’ organizations are at an increased risk of network breaches while their employees work on poorly protected or even unprotected networks and endpoint devices. In turn, organizations will seek two types of security professionals: technical cybersecurity professionals as well as governance, risk and compliance (GRC) professionals.
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GRC professionals will oversee regulations and policies while managing the risk management and compliance of the organization. At the same time, technical cybersecurity employees implement tools and technologies to safeguard against vulnerabilities across the organization.
Business Intelligence analyst
With the growing complexity of data, it is crucial to have professionals that can swiftly handle it and transform it into tangible results that can help to drive business value.
Hiring business intelligence analysts precisely enables organizations to do so. They use a set of tools for data analytics, data visualization, programming and data modeling to identify trends that can help the organization become more competitive and profitable.
Organizations should keep in mind that today’s IT professionals want to solve interesting problems. Therefore, in their hiring process, they should mention where the organization is in its digital transformation journey and how the candidate can help them in the coming months and years ahead.