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The Great IOT Recruiting Rush

The Great IOT Recruiting Rush: The Number One Skill

If you are ramping up to hire people to work on the IOT you need to find this one key skill

You probably realize by now that IOT Recruiting is exploding --- with many IT professionals with business experience in hot industries like healthcare, telecom and wearables looking to make the switch from systems software and other terrestrial IT-based positions to M2M or IOT strategy, leadership and sales. I’ve been recruiting for senior IT consultants for over 20 years—and I’ve never seen anything like it.

In a recent Forbes article, Louis Columbus does a great job encapsulating the opportunity. Consider these stats:

  • Fastest growing Internet of Things (IoT) job positions include systems software developers (215% growth in the past year), information security analysts (113% growth), and computer systems engineers (110% growth).
  • General Electric has advertised 2,104 jobs looking for skills needed to support their Industrial Internet initiative in the last two years.
  • Hiring demand for commercial and industrial designers with IoT skills has risen by 322% since 2014
  • Employer demand for product engineers with skills related to the Internet of Things has increased by nearly 275% since 2014.
  • And from an Ashely Zito Rowe blog: “GE’s Industrial Internet Insights Report predicts that the “Internet of Things” will add $10 to $15 trillion to global GDP in the next 20 years, and employer competition for skills in this space is on the rise as a result.”

 IOT hiring is obviously heating up. I recently published an update about IBM and its IOT center in Germany. The other hot IOT companies that Columbus cites are Microsoft, Oracle, Honeywell and Cisco. What’s more, non-technology companies are joining the fray, as well. So what kinds of skills should our newest IOT leaders have on their resume?

 As I outlined in articles about IT analysts vs. IT communicators the skill sets for these professionals continues to grow. Consider this recent topic from the IOT slam conference:

 “Platforming IoT: What makes an IoT Platform Transformative. This session will explore key capabilities, features and technologies that are moving IoT Platforms from infrastructure enablers (italics mine) to business imperatives.”

 “From interoperability to security to future capability, platform decisions can make or break an IoT investment. Given the criticality of digital transformation across industries, this panel of IoT heavyweights will shine some light on what defines a transformative IoT platform,” said panel moderator and M2Mi COO, Dr. Sarah Cooper, Internet of Things Community Vice-Chairwoman.

 Notice the phrase, “from infrastructure enablers to business imperatives.” I think that says it all. Where an IOT recruit might have loads of experience in infrastructure, architecture and even data security, those who are not adept at enabling their business partners to take advantage of the business opportunities of the IOT just don’t have the perspective to lead IOT strategy.

 I keep hammering home that point because I am primarily in the business of helping people succeed. To succeed in the IOT, you can’t just be a data guy—you’ve got to be a customer-centric business enabler.

 In an earlier article, I outlined the kinds of skills I would like to see in an IOT leader. In Part Two of this article, I will share a five-point checklist for companies who need to recruit for the IOT—and candidates should listen up, as well. This checklist will help you arrange your resume, prepare for interviews and gather the stats from your stellar projects that prove you’re not only an IOT find—but an IOT star.

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