How Technology Is Transforming Business

Mar 21, 2022 8 Min Read
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As humans develop, technology advances too.

The way businesses operate has changed dramatically in recent years, largely due to advances in technology. This has resulted in the creation of new roles and areas of expertise within businesses. Finding the right professionals for these roles can be challenging, but the talent pools are evolving with these needs. 
Some of the changing areas of work rely on in-house digital business transformation and automation professionals that lead companies through and beyond the changes. These should be hired as full-time employees that support transformed or transforming departments long-term. 

Other roles on the other hand require specialised experts in technology for specific projects only. These can be hired through platforms and agencies as they not only require recruiters who are familiar with the relevant technologies but also a different process to sustainably find and manage them as an external workforce.


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Cybersecurity specialist

Cybersecurity used to be contained under the umbrella of IT, but the omnipresence and growing cybersecurity threats necessitate a specialist focus. Cybersecurity roles can include vulnerability assessment, intrusion detection and prevention, malware analysis, and incident response. The rate of change in this field has been so fast, and the situation continues to evolve so quickly that there is currently a cybersecurity professional talent shortage.

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Change Manager

Change management is an essential role in any company that wishes to keep up with the ever-changing technology landscape. Change managers are responsible for planning, implementing, and monitoring changes to business processes, systems, and organisational structures. They work closely with IT to ensure that changes are made in a controlled and safe manner.
The rate of change is only going to continue to increase, so change management will become an increasingly important role. Change managers are distinct from project managers in that they manage changes, not projects.

Data Scientist

Data science is the process of extracting insights and value from data. It is a relatively new field, and the definition is still evolving. Data scientists use their knowledge of mathematics, statistics, computer science, and domain expertise to analyse data and find trends and patterns. They then use this information to make decisions about how to improve business performance.

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Data science is a rapidly growing field, and businesses are beginning to realise the value of data insights. As data becomes more and more complex, the need for data scientists will only continue to grow.

Business Analyst

Business analysts are responsible for understanding the needs of a business and translating them into requirements for information systems. They work with stakeholders to identify opportunities for improvement and then work with IT to develop solutions that meet those needs. As businesses become more and more dependent on technology, the role of the business analyst will become increasingly important.

Data analyst

Data analysts are responsible for collecting, organising, and analysing data to help businesses make informed decisions. They use their findings to help companies improve their products, marketing strategies, and operations. Data analysts must be skilled in data visualisation, statistical analysis, and machine learning and they are a crucial part of preparing a company for data and AI leadership.

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UX designer

User experience (UX) design has become a critical part of product development as companies increasingly focus on delivering great customer experiences. UX designers are responsible for creating products that are not only functional but also enjoyable and easy to use. They use a variety of techniques, including user research, task analysis, and prototypes, to design user-friendly products.

Cloud computing expert

Cloud computing has become increasingly popular in recent years as businesses look for ways to reduce costs and increase flexibility. Cloud experts are responsible for designing, deploying, and managing cloud-based solutions. They must be well-versed in cloud technologies and have experience with a variety of cloud-based platforms.
Cloud computing experts are different from general IT staff in that they have specific expertise in cloud technologies.

Scrum Master

Scrum is a popular project management methodology that emphasises collaboration, flexibility, and continuous improvement. Scrum masters are responsible for overseeing scrum teams and ensuring that they follow the scrum process. They also help team members solve problems and remove impediments to progress. Scrum masters are different from project managers in that they do not manage projects, they manage scrum teams.

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Augmented Reality Designer

An augmented reality designer is responsible for developing and designing AR experiences. These sorts of experiences are increasingly common in both employee training and in content marketing and web design, where they can be used to create interactive and engaging content.

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Data Storyteller

A data storyteller is someone who takes complex data sets and analyses them to find the human stories within them. This role is becoming increasingly important as businesses rely more and more on data to make decisions. A data storyteller combines analysis and storytelling to make data understandable and interesting to a non-technical audience.

Virtual Reality Developer

A virtual reality developer is someone who creates VR experiences. This could involve developing apps, creating content or building games. VR is becoming an increasingly important medium, and businesses will need people with the skills to create engaging VR experiences.

Blockchain Developer

A blockchain developer is someone who builds and maintains decentralised applications on the blockchain. This is a relatively new area of development, and there is a lot of demand for people with these skills. Blockchain is revolutionising everything from the way people collaborate to how supply chains are managed.

Artificial Intelligence Engineer

An artificial intelligence engineer is responsible for developing and implementing AI solutions. This role is becoming increasingly important as businesses look to automate more processes and maintain proprietary control over this automation as a competitive edge.

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Voice User Interface Designer

A voice user interface designer is someone who creates experiences that can be controlled with voice commands. This is an area that is growing rapidly, and businesses will need people with the skills to design these sorts of interfaces.

Internet of Things Strategies

An internet of things strategist is someone who helps businesses make decisions about how to implement IoT solutions. This is a fast-growing area, and businesses will need people with the skills to help them take advantage of the opportunities that IoT presents. The internet of things will continue to transform businesses and create new opportunities for those who are able to capitalise on it.

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Cybersecurity Analyst

A cybersecurity analyst is responsible for identifying and mitigating security risks. This role is becoming increasingly important as businesses store more and more data online and are reliant on technology for their operations.

Ethical Hacking

As cybersecurity threats continue to constitute the biggest threat faced by businesses, the demand for ethical hackers will continue to grow. Ethical hackers are responsible for finding vulnerabilities in systems and then providing recommendations on how to fix them. This role is important in helping businesses stay one step ahead of the criminals.

3D Printing Expert

3D printing is becoming more and more common, and businesses will need people with the skills to design and print in 3D. This is an area that is growing rapidly, and those with the right skills will be in high demand. Businesses will continue to rely on 3D printing to create prototypes, parts and products.

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In summation, technology will continue to create new roles and areas of expertise as it transforms business. The demand for skilled workers in these areas is only going to grow, so those with the right skills will be well-positioned to take advantage of the opportunities that arise. As technology advances, so too will the need for people who are able to understand and utilise it.
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