The beginning of a new year is a good time for organizations to evaluate their current tech roles and analyze any changes that need to be made in order to ensure they are properly-staffed to fulfill all of their project needs.
For companies ready to get a head start on filling in any gaps in their workforce, and to expand their business, here are the top technology roles worth investing in.
Having high-quality software is crucial for companies to stay ahead of their competition and to meet tech-savvy customer demands. High-quality software also helps leaders run their businesses more efficiently. When leadership teams are overwhelmed, software developers can step in and focus their efforts on saving companies both resources and time by finding new ways to automate business practices and boost productivity.
The companies that are driving new business today are those that have invested in data to uncover the most important information about their businesses and drive decision-making. Having team members who can collect and sift through enormous amounts of unstructured data, and turn it into usable information that can answer complex business questions, is incredibly beneficial for organizations of all sizes. Data scientists are skilled in communicating their findings and offering recommendations to business leaders.
Companies that wish to drive business growth through data analysis should also keep an eye out for database developers. Database developers use a range of analytical and problem-solving skills to develop and manage enterprise databases while ensuring high levels of data availability. While a database administrator focuses on routine maintenance and support, a database developer focuses more on figuring out ways to improve a database and expand its functionality. The more an organization knows about its key stakeholders, competitors, and suppliers, the better it can identify its most valuable customers, evaluate historical data, and identify business trends.
As technology shifts from 2D to more immersive experiences – such as 360-degree video, augmented reality, and virtual reality – interactive developers are becoming increasingly important to understand the role that storytelling has within these experiences. Many companies are feeling the pressure for richer and easier web applications, and an interactive developer can play the role of designer, programmer, and video/audio editor, to construct interactive applications the right way.
User Experience Experts
A great user experience on a company’s website or application can lead to an increase in revenue because customers are able to quickly and easily find what they are looking for. User experience experts are highly-skilled at analyzing an organization’s complete service process, mapping out customer journey maps, and comparing those with a customer’s experience to identify what’s working as well as opportunities for improvements in the experience.
Statistics show that 40% of users will go to a competitor after a bad mobile experience with a brand. Applications have become a necessity for organizations of all sizes to stay ahead of competitors and engage customers on mobile. An apps specialist can identify the pros and cons of each platform, as well as the costs to develop a presence on each one.
Data Security Administrators
With large amounts of data comes the need to protect it. After a few major data security breaches this year (think Equifax and Uber), companies without a data security administrator will likely suffer the consequences. Having someone dedicated to protecting the data of the organization, its employees, and its customers, is more important than ever before. Data security administrators are responsible for ensuring that all security measures are up-to-date, for monitoring company-wide security protocols, as well as continuously implementing new security strategies.
As organizations across all industries continue adopting new technologies, they will also be looking to hire talented tech workers to help them navigate and implement the technologies. In 2018, more and more companies will need to fill the roles above. For those that cannot afford to hire someone in-house, working with outsourced talent is a good option to avoid falling behind.