Tech Trends in 2017

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This year we can expect to see advances in some of the most highly anticipated technological innovations from the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data.

It’s an exhilarating time to be working in the technology sector. It is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world today and, according to recent studies, the rate of change and the level of disruption driven by modern technology are exponential.
Technology and data impacts every business and consumer – from software and security through to gadgets and entertainment – and there is no sign of it slowing down.

How data is captured and the sheer quantity of it that exists is driving businesses to develop technology with the capacity to collate and make sense of terabytes worth of information. The Internet of Things, for example covers any devices embedded with software connecting it to another device via the internet. These devices use IP addresses like PCs do and this has led to a revolution in how data is captured and used. Developers are constantly looking at ways to create pioneering solutions and disruptive technologies so 2017 really does have a lot in store for us.

We can expect to see advances in some of the most highly anticipated developments including artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and augmented reality. But what’s key to making them all succeed is talented people. Technology depends on people with the creativity to come up with ideas and the expertise to build it

More technology jobs

This means that we will see a significant increase in the number of tech job opportunities within the aforementioned fields.
We can expect the types of job roles to be created to include Embedded Software development roles, Big Data & Business Intelligence consultants, and Cloud engineers. After all, talented developers and engineers have driven the innovation behind these concepts and with the growing need to companies to secure their own data and analyse the consumers’ data they collect, we can’t see 2017 bucking the trend towards more disruptive innovation

In our experience, companies want to hire developers who possess a combination of technical and product skills as well as a strong focus on solving customer problems.

Technology focused recruitment

The growth in demand for tech talent will also develop changes for the recruitment industry. The days of generic recruitment agencies trying to operate in the fast-paced world of today’s technologies are numbered. Technology professionals need to be supported by advisers who keep up with the technologies they are using and developing, in real time. A deeper understanding of the different complex fields that make up the tech sector is a pre-requisite in 2017 for finding true synergy between great companies and excellent talent. Recruitment firms need to be adding value more than ever before, and wasting client and candidate’s time through misunderstanding job roles and candidate’s aspirations is just not acceptable in this fast-paced industry. This is where specialist recruitment agencies will play a major role in facilitating this exponential growth in the tech marketplace.

Today’s talented developers expect their recruitment partners to take the time to truly understand what it is they do, and in what context, in order to fully appreciate their ambitions and bring them relevant and exciting opportunities. If the tech industry is to grow at the pace the experts predict, clients and candidates alike will naturally look toward this time of recruitment partner.

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Written by Managing Partner, Andrew Robinson, Elitegroup Recruitment