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Tuesday, 15 November 2011 11:25

IT professionals need management skils

Written by Nick Farell

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IT professionals need management skils

IT professionals with management skills will be the most sought after in the future according to a recent debate about IT Skills for Tomorrow, by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Andrew Reid, Director, Microsoft Consulting Services said that there will be a need for deep technical skills in the future. But the people who will be valued most highly, will be those who combine their technical skills with an equally deep understanding of the business.

“This will enable them to architect the technology in such a way that it enables the organisation to differentiates itself from its competitors,” he said. Paul Jagger, from IBM said that it takes time to develop the right skills. Today, many organisations are looking for a 40 year old consultant who is 20 years earlier in their career, he said. 

“There are a very select few who have that sort of ability and those who do, they will go on to be the next Mark Zuckerburg. We need to develop people, not just procure them.” Rubi Kaur, HMRC said that in thefuture, companies will need an IT function; however it will be more about strategic IT direction, concentrating on governance and management. 

Jagger added: “It won’t be a discreet function in the future. It will be more strategic and will need to be linked implicitly to the organisation’s goals and deliver upon the objectives of the organisation.”

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-1 #1 thematrix606 2011-11-15 11:56
And Fudzilla needs a lot of skills as well: Editors, admins, IT techs.

The site has been up and down constantly, more down than anything, for the past several weeks; no fix, no word.

This article is full of spelling and grammatical errors (and English isn't even my first language). And wtf is up with the bold font?

ARG!
 
 
+1 #2 youserzero 2011-11-15 11:57
This article pisses me off
 
 
-1 #3 nc_mike 2011-11-15 13:57
Just ask any average I/T pro to explain to the management team why something is important and they’ll go on for 30 minutes talking about elegant product function and design in glorious technical detail; ask a good technical manager and they’ll net it out in one business-focused sentence with the full understanding and technical depth of the I/T pro. Case closed.
 
 
-1 #4 nc_mike 2011-11-15 14:00
Net-Net - there are very few I/T professionals that have both left + right brain ability to span both technical and strategic thinking - most I/T folks have a far stronger interest in honing their code than focus on both the technical + business+user+m arketing+politi cal+competitive +psychological+ organizational/+financial+HR skills. Most like to believe they do. It takes individuals with exceptional leadership and communication ability who are willing to frequently think far out of the box and bold enough to occasionally make seemingly very illogical decisions (managed risk) AND possess the political acumen and guts to defend them.
 
 
+2 #5 ddriver 2011-11-15 15:56
I agree, the industry is plagued by a huge problem today - the BOSSES that command professionalist s are practically clueless and direct their efforts into pretty much moronic directions. That is because everything is "business" today, nothing is being done for the purpose of being done, and instead is done for profit, putting "businessman" that are useless in power, which cripples everything down the chain.

If programming is done for the sake of programming, then the manager should be a programmer, but when programming is done for profit, and a "profit man" is put in charge - the result is the nonsense-soaked industry we all know far too well...
 
 
0 #6 nc_mike 2011-11-16 14:27
Just remember this, if your management team doesn't understand the value, you don't get funded and don't have a job. You want someone both technical but super in business to get the funding to be able to create those stellar wares.
 

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