Time for 'super breed' of IT professional

A new “super breed” of IT professional who can influence the strategic direction of companies will be needed to meet the future requirements of business, a British Computer Society workshop will hear later this month.

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A new “super breed” of IT professional who can influence the strategic direction of companies will be needed to meet the future requirements of business, a British Computer Society workshop will hear later this month.

BCS chief professional development consultant Mike Chad will tell senior IT, human resources and business managers that the new IT professional will need comprehensive business, leadership and communication skills.

The event will look at how businesses can use the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) / to consolidate and boost the skills of their IT staff, in line with industry-approved standards of professionalism.

Chad said: "Demand for IT workers has shifted from the basic ability to automate business processes, to those who have a strategic view of the world and can deliver innovation which transforms the business.

“IT workers must have a professional attitude, and accept full accountability for the consequences of their recommendations. HR departments and senior managers need to respond to this trend by assessing their staff according to nationally agreed standards, such as SFIA.”

SFIA, which is supported by the BCS's Professionalism in IT programme, offers a common reference framework to support skills audits, planning future staff requirements, development programmes, standardisation of job titles and functions, and resource allocation.

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