Future-Proof Your Tech Team: The Key Skills for Tomorrow’s Challenges

25 August 2023 | Reskilling Your Workforce | 8 min read

While learning programs seek to keep pace and fill skill gaps, it’s challenging to know which skills tech professionals should invest in. Cited from Skillsoft’s Lean into Learning report; cybersecurity, cloud computing, and data management have emerged as the top skills in the technology sector to acquire.

The report underscores the increasing importance of cybersecurity skills in safeguarding digital assets and user information. Cloud computing expertise is highlighted for its pivotal role in enabling scalable and flexible infrastructure. Moreover, proficiency in data management is identified as crucial for leveraging the insights and potential within vast datasets to drive informed decision-making and innovation.

More recently, Skillsoft’s Codecademy released the C-Suite-Perspective report, providing insights from C-level tech leaders across industries. It provides analysis about why reskilling and upskilling are so valuable and which skills executives have the toughest time hiring for.

Want to read the full report? Download here.

While learning programs seek to keep pace and fill skill gaps, it’s challenging to know which skills tech professionals should invest in. Cited from Skillsoft’s Lean into Learning report; cybersecurity, cloud computing, and data management have emerged as the top skills in the technology sector to acquire.

The report underscores the increasing importance of cybersecurity skills in safeguarding digital assets and user information. Cloud computing expertise is highlighted for its pivotal role in enabling scalable and flexible infrastructure. Moreover, proficiency in data management is identified as crucial for leveraging the insights and potential within vast datasets to drive informed decision-making and innovation.

More recently, Skillsoft’s Codecademy released the C-Suite-Perspective report, providing insights from C-level tech leaders across industries. It provides analysis about why reskilling and upskilling are so valuable and which skills executives have the toughest time hiring for.

Want to read the full report? Download here.

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An uphill battle to hire

In today's competitive job market, the challenges tech leaders face in recruitment have reached a disheartening level. As revealed by the area in hiring new talent. According to the C-Suite Perspective Report, 44% of tech leaders said cybersecurity was their top investment area this year.

  1. CYBERSECURITY

According to IBM’s Cost of a Data Breach Report, 83% of organizations experienced a data breach in 2022, costing an average of $4.45 million.

Most tech leaders see the value of skills in these areas, given the weight of data breaches or a vulnerable attack surface. However, there’s still work to do. Executives cannot relent when it comes to cybersecurity.

Interested in Cybersecurity? Look at the Cybersecurity Career Journey.

  1. DATA SCIENCE

While data science has been around for decades, its applications and uses have expanded to nearly all corners of business today. According to a Deloitte Analytics Advantage survey, 96% of respondents felt analytics would become more important to their organization of the coming years.

Thirty percent of tech leaders report their workforces have skills gaps in data science, and 33% say it’s a priority to invest in for their organization.

  1. CLOUD COMPUTING

According to G2, every single company uses at least one public or private cloud, and it estimates that 85% of all organizations will be “cloud first” by 2025.

Since cloud computing combines elements of both managing data and protecting that data from cybersecurity threats, the combination of these skills is highly in demand. More than one-quarter of tech leaders reported having critical skill gaps in cloud computing, and 36% maintain cloud as a top investment area for their organization.

Does Cloud Computing Fit Your Business Needs? Explore A Cloud Career Journey Today.

  1. AI AND MACHINE LEARNING

The demand for AI and machine learning skills has fluctuated for decades, however, with the recent technological breakthroughs in foundation models, generative AI has become a hot commodity. Even though only 37% of leaders reported machine learning and AI as a priority skill for their teams, jobs that require AI skills will continue to surge.

Since generative AI is a subset of machine learning, its skill base comes from many existing skillsets such as data science and data engineering, but it also includes newer skills like prompt engineering and Natural Language Processing (NLP) as well as AI ethics, model curating, and training.

  1. INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS

Tech infrastructure and systems skills are in highly in demand due to their crucial role in digital transformation, cloud computing, e-commerce, AI/ML, and emerging technologies. It’s reported by the C-Suite Perspective that 25% of business leaders plan to invest in tech infrastructure, ranking this skill amongst the most essential.

In addition to this information, a recent IBM survey shows over 3,000 business leaders plan to invest heavily in their tech for 2023, chiefly in infrastructure and the interweaving of AI and infrastructure. The rise of remote work, among several other factors, has tech leaders agreeing that today’s modern businesses require a robust and scalable infrastructure to stay competitive.

An uphill battle to hire

In today's competitive job market, the challenges tech leaders face in recruitment have reached a disheartening level. As revealed by the area in hiring new talent. According to the C-Suite Perspective Report, 44% of tech leaders said cybersecurity was their top investment area this year.

  1. CYBERSECURITY

According to IBM’s Cost of a Data Breach Report, 83% of organizations experienced a data breach in 2022, costing an average of $4.45 million.

Most tech leaders see the value of skills in these areas, given the weight of data breaches or a vulnerable attack surface. However, there’s still work to do. Executives cannot relent when it comes to cybersecurity.

Interested in Cybersecurity? Look at the Cybersecurity Career Journey.

  1. DATA SCIENCE

While data science has been around for decades, its applications and uses have expanded to nearly all corners of business today. According to a Deloitte Analytics Advantage survey, 96% of respondents felt analytics would become more important to their organization of the coming years.

Thirty percent of tech leaders report their workforces have skills gaps in data science, and 33% say it’s a priority to invest in for their organization.

  1. CLOUD COMPUTING

According to G2, every single company uses at least one public or private cloud, and it estimates that 85% of all organizations will be “cloud first” by 2025.

Since cloud computing combines elements of both managing data and protecting that data from cybersecurity threats, the combination of these skills is highly in demand. More than one-quarter of tech leaders reported having critical skill gaps in cloud computing, and 36% maintain cloud as a top investment area for their organization.

Does Cloud Computing Fit Your Business Needs? Explore A Cloud Career Journey Today.

  1. AI AND MACHINE LEARNING

The demand for AI and machine learning skills has fluctuated for decades, however, with the recent technological breakthroughs in foundation models, generative AI has become a hot commodity. Even though only 37% of leaders reported machine learning and AI as a priority skill for their teams, jobs that require AI skills will continue to surge.

Since generative AI is a subset of machine learning, its skill base comes from many existing skillsets such as data science and data engineering, but it also includes newer skills like prompt engineering and Natural Language Processing (NLP) as well as AI ethics, model curating, and training.

  1. INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS

Tech infrastructure and systems skills are in highly in demand due to their crucial role in digital transformation, cloud computing, e-commerce, AI/ML, and emerging technologies. It’s reported by the C-Suite Perspective that 25% of business leaders plan to invest in tech infrastructure, ranking this skill amongst the most essential.

In addition to this information, a recent IBM survey shows over 3,000 business leaders plan to invest heavily in their tech for 2023, chiefly in infrastructure and the interweaving of AI and infrastructure. The rise of remote work, among several other factors, has tech leaders agreeing that today’s modern businesses require a robust and scalable infrastructure to stay competitive.

The future of skilling

As tech evolves, the imperative to reskill and upskill tech workforces has become a necessity. It is the cornerstone of sustained success. As industries are disrupted by rapid advancements, the skills that once propelled tech teams to prominence may soon become obsolete.

Organizations need to be cognizant of their skill needs, and evaluate their upskilling, reskilling and recruiting efforts as the global talent pools shift around a never-stopping growth rate.

Embracing emerging tools and paradigms and continually updating skill sets will position tech teams to lead, create, and thrive in a future that demands expertise and the ability to embrace change with enthusiasm.

The future of skilling

As tech evolves, the imperative to reskill and upskill tech workforces has become a necessity. It is the cornerstone of sustained success. As industries are disrupted by rapid advancements, the skills that once propelled tech teams to prominence may soon become obsolete.

Organizations need to be cognizant of their skill needs, and evaluate their upskilling, reskilling and recruiting efforts as the global talent pools shift around a never-stopping growth rate.

Embracing emerging tools and paradigms and continually updating skill sets will position tech teams to lead, create, and thrive in a future that demands expertise and the ability to embrace change with enthusiasm.