Dawn Altnam is a regular contributor to The HRIS World.
For years, the IT landscape has thrived on specialized information technology professionals.
But as technology and needs have rapidly shifted in recent years, so have IT needs.
Specialized IT positions are shifting right along with the technology.
Understanding how this affects your IT department means having a solid grasp on the types of positions affected.
More importantly, you’ll need to understand some new technology and how to navigate to ensure you’re getting the most out of IT resources.
This involves a significant shift in how you think about positions in your IT department.
Endangered IT Species
Out-of-date Server Administrators
Server administrators used to wear their specialized server and code expertise like a badge of honor.
Interestingly enough, the IT landscape has shifted in such a way that there’s more of a need for generalists, or jack-of-all-trades server administrators.
The future of server administrator positions solely depends on their ability to broaden their expertise into new hardware and programming languages.
This means understanding how to use and implement virtualization and cloud-based server technology.
Hardware Repair Technicians
Historically, repair technicians have been positioned as modern-day superheroes –
For instance, new start-ups are developing affordable flash arrays to dramatically increase data management speed and efficiency.
With the cost of hard disks as low as it is, and with the implementation of BYOD programs, repair technician jobs are no longer in rich supply.
This doesn’t mean they’ll go entirely extinct.
Rather, they’ll need to put much of their focus on server maintenance.
Fortunately, this wouldn’t be much of a stretch for any experienced hardware repair technician.
The cloud has hit system administrator jobs hard.
Most processes that relied heavily on system administrators are now being sourced to powerful cloud-computing applications.
System administrator positions will likely experience a major shift.
In the future, sys admins will need to become data security experts in order to stay relevant.
It’s important to consider that while sys admin positions wont disappear entirely –
General Web Designers
In the past, all a web designer needed to do was know how string along some HTML, and produce some readable copy.
But with automated design processes and sophisticated site creation tools, web designers are forced out of positions in favor of designers who are up with the times.
The new generation of web designers must be able to build sites that are dynamic with content that is up to current SEO standards.
The reality is that IT departments need to be ready to embrace new technology as it comes or be left behind.
With new cloud-based technology, it may tempting to believe that robust IT departments are no longer necessary.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Actually, with new out-of-the-box hardware and cloud-computing resources, IT professionals no longer have to do the heavy lifting for your company.
This means that your IT staff will be free to work on more specialized tasks.
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