Here, I explore what the workplace of the future, and likely new positions, could entail, as well as some of the specific tech skills that will be most in demand. Brexit strategy manager Following the EU referendum vote, we’re anticipating a rise in demand for individuals that will act as the lead and coordinator for all Brexit-related activities within a business. This includes: monitoring negotiations, managing multiple relationships with external third parties and regulators and overseeing the resulting change programme. Those that also have expertise in risk and compliance will be sought after, along with mergers and acquisitions expertise to capitalise on any expansion opportunities that might arise from Brexit. Elastic stack expert Demand for skills in big data will continue to rise in the workplace of the future, with open-source technology experts becoming even more desirable than they are today. Individuals that are proficient in Elastic Stack can build and manage an infrastructure that combines the comprehensive information retrieval of Elasticsearch, the ETL power of Logstash, and the most flexible open source data visualisation package in Kibana. Creating this end-to-end platform will enable businesses to collect, store and make sense of millions of data points within minutes. These experts can uncover valuable insights that will help organisations enhance their products and services to remain competitive in the digital age. Intalio BPMS, Groovy and Mule ESB developers and testers As digital technology and platforms continue to evolve, businesses are on the hunt for IT professionals that are keeping up with the latest developments. Some of the most popular emerging technologies include programming language, Groovy and IT frameworks like Mule that can integrate multiple applications and business process management platforms like Intalio. By hiring people with these skills, businesses can become more agile and benefit from solutions that can flex and scale to suit certain requirements. ‘Wagile’ developer This is a hybrid, technical project management approach that blends waterfall and agile methodology. We are currently discussing this new role with a number of clients and the business benefits that it could bring. These include: offering more operations design flexibility through rapid iteration, giving more control over the project, enhanced performance measurement and a reduction in risk and cost of the project. We expect demand for Wagile developers to rise this year. To keep up with the pace of change and remain competitive, organisations should try to find people that have these types of new skill sets. However, individuals won’t always have all the core credentials on their CV, especially when organisations are looking to hire for totally new roles. By bringing in talent with relevant transferrable skills, fresh ideas and the capability and enthusiasm to learn new things, employers can ensure they are equipped and ready to face the workplace of the future. Geoff Smith is managing director at Experis UK & IrelandImage:Shutterstock
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