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Must Have IT Skills You Need to Remain Competitive

Engineers, developers, and IT managers might want to consider training on these skill sets to keep themselves invaluable to their organizations.
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As technology and business operations evolve side-by-side, Stephen sees a need for the workforce to learn skills that lend themselves to the intertwining segments. This may be essential for businesses facing technology-triggered upheaval. No one wants to wind up stuck being Blockbuster Video while the world moves on to streaming services. “Workforces see rapid change and want access to skills, so they will not be left behind,” Stephen says.

Organizations can make it easier to identify which skills their teams need to learn by retaining a generalist in tech who works with their learning department to keep abreast of changes, Stephen says. The learning department could also insist on having a seat at the IT table to be closer to the teams and understand their needs.

Training options might include looking to online schools such as Code Academy to help staff pick up skills faster. Even after completing a round of training, Stephen says, the need to regularly update knowledge will not subside. “A lot of coding for the masses will be replaced by AI,” he says, potentially with foundational coding being handled by algorithms. “People in this business should not be satisfied with the coding that they are doing now because there will be changes.”

Now for those skills that your team needs:

Joao-Pierre S. Ruth has spent his career immersed in business and technology journalism first covering local industries in New Jersey, later as the New York editor for Xconomy delving into the city's tech startup community, and then as a freelancer for such outlets as ... View Full Bio

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