What Will Your IT Department Look Like In Four Years?

The centralized IT unit of 10 years ago is gone and never coming back.

As featured by Jason Hiner in the Tech Republic, the IT department will evolve to fewer full-time staff members, more consultants, and will focus on software, mobile, and the cloud.

Expect to see more of these three jobs:

1. Consultants

As businesses continue to cut costs, they will look first to IT. It only makes sense that we will see a lot more work outsourced.  Expect to also see a switch to buying IT services when needed. This lower costs, gives a higher level of expertise, and allows 24/7 coverage.

2. Project Managers

Most IT workers who survive will most likely evolve into project managers in various units. They will be analysts who will help the company leaders make good technology decisions. They will be proactive in finding new technologies (like system restore or application whitelisting) to transform the business. These project managers will also serve as the company’s point of contact with technology vendors and consultants.

3. Developers

Bring on the geeks! Expect an increase in the need for developers and programmers. With the move toward more web-based programs and mobile web apps, the focus will be less on the install and support end, and more on those who build them. This trend has already started and it’s only going to accelerate over the next decade.

How has your IT dept already changed?

Kelly Batke

Kelly is the self-confessed technology laggard who works in technology. The good news is she is slowly reaching late adopter status. Kelly enjoys learning and writing about the psychology behind technology—as in why do we buy what we buy, and how does that impact our environment?