How Businesses are Adapting to the Digital Age with IT Skills Transformation
Long before the global COVID-19 pandemic struck the world and forced businesses in nearly every industry to launch a wide array of technology initiatives en masse, the digital transformation push was already happening across the corporate landscape.
At Momentum we are partnering with companies to upskill and train employees, arming them with the optimal IT skills to help create lasting change. Businesses such as Clarkston Consulting are helping companies identify upskilling resources and strategies to adapt to the digital age. I sat down with Clarkston Consulting Partner Irene Birbeck to answer her key questions on where Momentum is seeing the greatest opportunities for businesses with regards to IT skills, how those skills are being used, and how businesses can build a successful approach to training.
What are the biggest areas of need in IT skill as clients make a digital transformation?
1. Software development with skills in Python, the fastest growing multi-purpose software language in the world. More than half of all software development job openings are in industries outside of technology. Industries like finance, manufacturing, and healthcare are all eager to hire and grow software developers.
2. Cybersecurity is critical for all organizations who hold data and payment information for their customers and clients and will need to keep that information safe. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that we will see a 32% growth in need for Cyber Security skills over the next decade.
3. Data science is more important day-by-day as corporations produce over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data each day that need to be analyzed in order to make the best business decisions.
Where are IT organizations using this skill to transform their organization?
In the life sciences space, companies are relying more on digital tools to engage patients and communicate with them but it’s also extending to actual care. Startups like Sidekick are launching digital apps and platforms that gamify therapy across multiple areas. Leveraging many of the front-end and back-end skill sets that have been prevalent in consumer-facing industries for some time, life sciences companies are rapidly embracing the consumerization of healthcare through patient apps.
Finally, we’re seeing digital transformation in the CPG space as well. As CPG companies go direct-to-consumer, the technology foundation supporting that transformation relies heavily on relatively simple APIs that link the business with various partners in the digital chain, including eCommerce, logistics, finance, social media, etc. So as CPG giants like Coca-Cola, InBev, Clorox, and more continue to ramp up direct-to-consumer initiatives, the need for effective coding skills linking the complex digital ecosystem grows as well.
How does Momentum ensure that training is effective when it’s virtual?
Who makes a good candidate for upskilling?
In our experience, companies have found success investing in upskilling employees who are 1) early in their career, 2) who have served in customer-facing roles and understand the business and see areas for improving the customer interaction and product with technology, and/or 3) are already doing work with adjacent skills.
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How do you customize courses for businesses to balance keeping the courses engaging without monopolizing all of a resource’s bandwidth?
You do application-based learning as part of your courses, can clients use that to advance current projects in their organization?
If these skills aren’t immediately applied, will they be lost?
If you’re interested in providing bridge training or continued education for associates that may not be ready to move into a new position after upskilling, our Momentum team can work with you on a course of action.