These days there is one word on every business leader’s lips: change. As uncertainty reigns supreme in the political and economic spheres, the need for greater clarity is vital in order to set both short and long term business strategies.
However, it’s not just the wider economic and political climate that is creating today’s zeitgeist. Changing business priorities are driving digital transformation projects across all industries – from financial services through to the public sector – as organisations strive to save costs and add efficiencies through automation.
Of course, in order to undergo a transformation projects, your business should have the right talent in place, which may well involve the hiring of contractors. Clarity is also needed to manage this kind of change: namely, being clear on the exact skills you will require to ensure your project is delivered on-time and on-budget.
So what skills should you prioritise in your plans?
1) Infrastructure and cloud architects
Cloud computing has increasingly become part of everyday practice, and organisations are gaining the confidence to migrate to a cloud or hybrid based infrastructure. Having this expertise in place is crucial for digital transformation projects, not least in order to hold the vast volumes of data that may be created in the process. As such, cloud architects and engineers, such as those with Azure and AWS skills, should be on hand in order to plan, build and maintain this infrastructure.
2) Data analysts and data scientists
Harnessing data is one of the key drivers and outputs of many transformation programmes, as organisations develop their understanding of the opportunities that data science presents – and the potential risk of losing their competitive advantage if they don’t invest. Instead of simply mining historical data, they are looking to proactively use Big Data to inform business decisions and provide enhanced services to customers. As such, data analysts and data scientists – especially those with machine learning and predictive analytics experience – should be in place in order to optimise data insights and deliver them in a timely manner to inform business decisions.
3) Cyber security professionals
Of course, the other side of using cloud services and handling so much sensitive data is that cyber security must be a priority. Recent high profile data breaches and new legislation in the form of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will be introduced in May 2018, leave no room for doubt that organisations will be held fully accountable for their security. Cyber security professionals will ensure that this risk is mitigated, protecting your customers and your organisation’s reputation.
Manage your contract talent pipeline
In order to ensure you have the skills you need in place at the right time, you should have a good balance of contract and permanent employees.Manage your talent pipeline so that you have more contract workers at labour-intensive implementation stages, and reduce these overheads once you simply require the project to be maintained.
An up-to-the-minute understanding of the market will enable you better manage internal change. The Hays IT Contracting Day Rates Guide 2017 provides clarity into typical day rates, allowing you to see what your competitors are paying, and helping you secure the best IT experts to support and grow your business. Request your copy here.
To find out more, or to discuss your recruitment needs in this field, please contact your local consultant.