In 2015, McKinsey forecasted the impact of the IIOT on the labour market, stating that it could add 25 million additional FTEs by 2025.
In a report from the same year, PTC - a global leader in IOT solutions and platforms - outlines the hurry to hire talent for the internet of things, big data, and analytics, all of which (at the time) were in short supply. In particular, skills related to data science have become "unicorns", and individuals with a well-rounded acumen of technical and business skills are diamonds in the rough. PTC outlines that companies in the IOT must implement robust talent strategies to enable their overall goals, and compete with competition for people and platform knowledge.
In the article, Sadalit Van Buren, partner technology specialist at Microsoft, states that the skills development pipeline in the IOT needs to begin earlier, and that "for more junior positions, companies need to provide a pathway to more skills, certifications or advancement to create a career roadmap for growth."
Well, it's 2017, and with the IIOT impacting industry all around us, these demands ring truer than ever before. Pioneers in the industry must look deeper into the ways to prepare the workforce of the future, to ensure that students ready to join the digital age are equipped with the skills they need from the get-go - so that innovation is not hindered by a learning curve.
How can companies create resources - for young talent, corporate training, or technical learning - that harness talent for the changes to come? How can robust training resources, talent strategy, top-driven support, and training solutions for IOT enable companies to thrive in the digital transformation?