How cloud computing and the on-demand economy are remaking IT careers
"The role of the IT professional is changing, thanks to new technology and new business models. Rather than simply employing experts in coding and testing, businesses are keen to tap into the skills of business-focused specialists who can manage projects and deliver value.
It all means technology professionals must think very carefully about career development, says independent consultant and author Ade McCormack. He believes we are about to enter into the 'gig economy', where most people contract their expertise on a freelance basis.
McCormack believes the days of an IT professional being able to forge a career by focusing on one technical area are drawing to a close. ‘The digital economy is sponsoring a move towards people having many careers, many employers and many clients,’ he says.
‘Individuals must take a startup-like approach to their careers. As an IT professional, you need to have a healthy paranoia about whether you are still relevant. Managing your career is now a time-intensive activity.’”
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