The challenges of recruiting senior people in the IoT

A talent shortage? Even non-technology businesses are now scouting for IoT talent, as IoT is cross connecting companies and technologies. In a corporate world, where we have a general deficiency of Chief Data Officers, platform architects, security architects, data scientists and software architects – companies need to be open minded, when recruiting for these new roles.

Do not expect to find someone with 10 years experience in this area, one of the key factors to look for, is professionals who possess strong data interpretation skills. Get them to share their examples of data capture, and most importantly what have they done with it!

Above all recruit a candidate that “gets it” in terms of your business and how to engage with new technologies to reach the customer or how to best market new products and services.

Look for the progressive individual and don’t rule out someone who has worked in a free lance capacity or in a start up environment, as their learning is real and recent, they might just be looking for the right long term employed role right now!

As well as tech knowledge and skills (specifically cloud based business solutions) what are the other key skills to look for?

· Commercial and business outlook, interaction with business partners

· Forward thinking mindset – new business models & go-to-market strategies

· Data, data, data – experience of trend modelling

· Understanding of the possible security risks and threats

· Innovator and Implementer

Think about how you can attract and retain the best IoT talent, as their motivation is not necessarily the same as traditional industries…

· Am I working on new, innovative important work

· Who am I working with? Are they recognised as a credible manager or developer

The organisations that recruit the talent now, in preparation for future IoT needs, will be positioned at the forefront of this evolving business landscape.

Creating a strong IoT presence in the company can have massively positive effects, increased market presence, improved productivity and hence the opportunity to dramatically grow in sales and profit.

A talent shortage? Even non-technology businesses are now scouting for IoT talent, as IoT is cross connecting companies and technologies. In a corporate world, where we have a general deficiency of Chief Data Officers, platform architects, security architects, data scientists and software architects – companies need to be open minded, when recruiting for these new roles.

Do not expect to find someone with 10 years experience in this area, one of the key factors to look for, is professionals who possess strong data interpretation skills. Get them to share their examples of data capture, and most importantly what have they done with it!

Above all recruit a candidate that “gets it” in terms of your business and how to engage with new technologies to reach the customer or how to best market new products and services.

Look for the progressive individual and don’t rule out someone who has worked in a free lance capacity or in a start up environment, as their learning is real and recent, they might just be looking for the right long term employed role right now!

As well as tech knowledge and skills (specifically cloud based business solutions) what are the other key skills to look for?

· Commercial and business outlook, interaction with business partners

· Forward thinking mindset – new business models & go-to-market strategies

· Data, data, data – experience of trend modelling

· Understanding of the possible security risks and threats

· Innovator and Implementer

Think about how you can attract and retain the best IoT talent, as their motivation is not necessarily the same as traditional industries…

· Am I working on new, innovative important work

· Who am I working with? Are they recognised as a credible manager or developer

The organisations that recruit the talent now, in preparation for future IoT needs, will be positioned at the forefront of this evolving business landscape.

Creating a strong IoT presence in the company can have massively positive effects; increased market presence, improved productivity and hence the opportunity to dramatically grow in sales and profit.


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