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How to Best Support Your Company's New Out-of-the-Box Thinkers

Linda Tsan
Director, Product Marketing

In the hardware and IT infrastructure business, we often focus on how to best support our customers.

This is by no means a misguided notion, but it does leave out the community of thinkers, dreamers, and doers that support the innovation that your customers love about your business. As the landscape of customers continue to change and evolve, so too does our workforce. I touched upon some emerging IT job titles in my last post, so let's look at some of the new innovation drivers you will soon see within your enterprise.

Virtual and Augmented Reality Engineers

NetworkWorld highlighted two increasingly popular technologies that weren’t even around five years ago, but millennials and subsequent generations will be keen on looking for jobs in these sectors. It’s no surprise that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) engineering jobs are making lists of hot new technology jobs. The projected combined revenue for both technologies is expected to reach $150 billion by 2020.

Virtual reality engineers will continue to experience a dramatic increase as the work they do is no longer limited to the gaming sector. As companies in a wide range of industries explore ways to optimize VR platforms or offerings for business, and as the cost for VR hardware goes down, the technology will reach widespread market adoption.
AR engineers will be working in a technology that is expected to reach $120 billion in revenue by 2020. According to NetworkWorld, AR engineers will empower their employers to use the technology to improve training, product development, and remote collaboration, among other things.

Internet of Things (IoT) Architect

Claude Robinson, Senior Director at Oracle, made several predictions for IT technology in 2017 and highlighted IoT as a major growth sector. Even if you were to be extra conservative and assume that the projected growth of the IoT market is vastly overstated, the job opportunities associated with it will still be substantial. As Forbes reported in their round up of IoT market trends :

  • McKinsey estimates the total IoT market will grow to $3.7 billion in 2020.
  • General Electric believes IoT investment will exceed $60 trillion during the next 15 years.
  • IHS predicts that the number of IoT devices will climb to 30.7 billion by 2020, and skyrocket to more than 75 billion in 2025.

The public sector, too, is diving headlong into IoT adoption. Initial interest and early adoption of exploratory IoT use cases are serving as the proving ground for innovation and evolution, supporting the changing awareness of government at all levels. With devices getting smarter and more capable of addressing physical constraints like power and weight, use cases and possibilities include everything from critical infrastructure monitoring to situational awareness and critical services.

Consequently, it’s not a big surprise that IoT architect is making it onto lists of fast-growing IT jobs. Last year, a Gartner blog post heralded the dawn of the IoT architect, describing the role as an IT leadership position responsible for vision, strategy, architecture, and shepherding IoT solutions from inception to deployment.

Business acumen will also be key for IoT jobs. Companies will need to understand the ROI of an IoT project before giving it the green light. IoT architects will be best equipped to make the case, knowing “the pieces, parts, functionality, and result of the IoT solution.” Many organizations are turning to integrated IoT platforms to simplify this process, in conjunction with optimized and pre-integrated hardware and software systems designed to improve performance, reduce costs, and scale to address changing business demands.
For more information about this important trend, watch Bhagat Nainani, Group Vice President of IoT and Big Data at Oracle, talk about solutions for the increasingly connected world.

Interested in how to future-proof your technology? Learn more about cloud-ready infrastructure here.

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