IT Pros Worry How Innovation Will Change Their Job

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2016-12-08 Email

The vast majority of global technology managers and professionals describe their organizations as innovative, according to a recent survey from Harvey Nash. However, tech innovation arrives at a possible cost to IT careers, as a significant number of survey respondents think that automation will render at least some of their skills redundant within 10 years. In fact, the deployment of automated tools will increase to a point at which most IT pros feel they'll have to learn new skills to avoid job consequences. "Through automation, it is possible that 10 years from now, the technology team will be unrecognizable in today's terms," said David Savage, an associate director for Harvey Nash U.K. "Even for those roles relatively unaffected directly by automation, there is a major indirect effect: Up to half of their work colleagues may be machines by 2027." The findings cover a wide range of other technology topics, including big data analytics, workplace goals and the most influential tech companies in the world, and we've included those responses here. An estimated 3,200 global technology managers and professionals took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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