December 22, 2016

Talent, Teams, & Tipping Points: The Future of Work

CIO Strategy Exchange, Dallas, 2016

The work in IT is changing. Companies are moving to cloud architectures, SaaS, and microservices. This shift raises demand for systems architects and for technical staff who are adept at integration. For some, traditional software development and data center management have already dropped. Others anticipate making that move in the near future. Teams get smaller. Less strategic work gets outsourced. Growth in IT comes from the perennial need for cybersecurity and the increasing requirement for different technical skills.

Talent, Teams, & Tipping Points is an examination of current workforce trends and the future of work. While people tend to talk about automation in terms of factory robotics and manual labor, it affects both blue collar and white collar jobs. Lower cognitive tasks have likely already been outsourced or offshored to lower-wage labor markets. As machines grow in cognitive power, the gains to be had in automating office work now sit further up the cognitive scale where the labor is still expensive. By implementing software solutions for that work, many businesses simply won’t need the same numbers of people to produce the same—or more—results.

So, as we endeavor to talk about the future of work, we start by looking at this upward pressure on skill requirements and how our member companies are adapting to attract and retain those workers:

  • What are the hot skills today? Where is the skill squeeze moving next?
  • How are companies attracting, developing, and leveraging that talent?
  • What fundamental, cultural changes should leading-edge companies make to position themselves for the future of work?

Finally, we look toward the future at what must be done collectively to ensure the pipeline of qualified workers stays as full as possible. What are futurists advising for education and the workplace to make sure we maintain healthy levels of employment moving forward?