2012: The outlook for IT professionals

2011 was about job security. 2012 will be about skills, and flexibility.

From the IT Crowd to the A Team

At the same time, businesses want staff who can move from project to project, take a brief from a business unit, and even work on mixed development teams within the business itself.

If the watchword for 2011 was looking for stability, for the IT professional, 2012 may be the year of flexibility.

Diageo, the drinks company, already runs mixed project teams of IT and marketing specialists in areas such as web services, mobile device applications, and social media.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

At BAA, the airports operator, a 400 million outsourcing deal with CapGemini has reduced the internal headcount.

According to Philip Langsdale, the company's CIO, the smaller core IT team will still include specialists in areas such as IT security, and airports operations. But he is looking for IT professionals who can work as part of the business, and have a genuine understanding of what makes that business successful. But he is also looking for IT professionals who can manage contractors, outsourced work, and even cloud service.

And this reflects another key aspect of the landscape for the IT professional in 2012: growing complexity. IT professionals will be dealing with more operating systems, on more devices, including smartphones, tablets and PCs. They will be managing company-owned devices, and personal technology, and will be dealing with internal IT systems, outsourced technology, and the cloud. They could be working with start-ups, for consultancies, as freelancers, or directly with a line of business manager.

If the watchword for 2011 was looking for stability, for the IT professional, 2012 may be the year of flexibility.

Featured Resources

Application security fallacies and realities

Web application attacks are the most common vulnerability, so what is the truth about application security?

Download now

Your first step researching Managed File Transfer

Advice and expertise on researching the right MFT solution for your business

Download now

The KPIs you should be measuring

How MSPs can measure performance and evaluate their relationships with clients

Download now

Life in the digital workspace

A guide to technology and the changing concept of workspace

Download now
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/operating-systems/25802/17-windows-10-problems-and-how-to-fix-them
operating systems

17 Windows 10 problems - and how to fix them

4 Nov 2019
Visit/strategy/28115/the-pros-and-cons-of-net-neutrality
Business strategy

The pros and cons of net neutrality

4 Nov 2019
Visit/domain-name-system-dns/34842/microsoft-embraces-dns-over-https-to-secure-the-web
Domain Name System (DNS)

Microsoft embraces DNS over HTTPS to secure the web

19 Nov 2019
Visit/social-media/34844/can-wikipedia-founders-social-network-really-challenge-facebook
social media

Can Wikipedia founder's social network really challenge Facebook?

19 Nov 2019