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5 Hybrid IT Roles Your Business Needs to Succeed in 2014

More Than Just A Single Role

This year, IT success is going to depend on having the right person in the right position—and those positions aren’t going to be the same as what we’ve seen the past few years. Instead of having specialists who only know one line of work, the most successful IT organizations are going to have hybrid roles—people who excel in not just one, but two areas. This article by Stephanie Overby explores just what some of those roles might be, and some of the qualifications you’ll be looking for if you decide the hybrid role sounds like a good fit for your company.

The New List Of Roles

The roles include: an enterprise architect who gets the cloud, Business analysts with integrated thinking, database prose to bring structure to all areas, software engineers who do more than code, and security professionals with marketing skills:

What companies need are not deeper technical security skills or yet another certification. “They want people who can translate technology risk to business risk, talk to business people about it in a way that doesn't alienate them, and persuasively present security as an enhancement rather than a hindrance,” says Foote.

In short, they need a few good marketers in IT security. What CIOs and chief information security officers want is a legion of people who, “as I am talking to C-level management about security, are equally adept at speaking convincingly one level below,” says Foote. “They're looking for people who understand basic business concepts and can translate security objectives into language that can be digested by the people who control funding and resources, not more fear mongering.”

Hard Knowledge And Soft Skills

These roles are a blend of hard IT knowledge and soft interpersonal/business savvy, leading to a new generation of IT roles that are not pigeonholed into a particular skillset. So the question becomes: how can you create these roles within your company or, more likely, how can you foster the creation of them quickly? 

Read the full CIO article here: http://www.cio.com/article/746805/5_Hybrid_IT_Roles_Your_Business_Needs_to_Succeed_in_2014?page=1&taxonomyId=3123

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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