New Technologies Could Spur IT Jobs Growth in 2013

January 24, 2013

The past few years have been marked by a technology revolution, which has forced company executives and IT departments to play catch up. A recent survey by Gartner found that in 2013, digital technologies will be the top priority for tech professionals.

“As CIOs continue to amplify the enterprise with digital technologies while improving IT organizational structure, management and governance, 2013 promises to be a year of dual priorities,” said Dave Aron, vice president and fellow at Gartner.

Mobile solutions and cloud computing remained high priorities for IT professionals, checking in at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, on the list of most important technologies. Meanwhile, the growing need to manage increasing amounts of data has propelled business intelligence (BI) and analytics to the top spot.

At the same time, many traditional IT roles don’t appear to be going away, at least not anytime soon. Legacy modernization ranked fifth, according to the survey, while security still managed to crack to the top 10.

Changing role of IT
The rise in new technologies in the workplace is accompanied by the growing need for tech professionals with these skill sets. According to a recent IDG News Service report, IT hiring in 2013 will be centered around finding workers who specialize in cloud computing, mobile solutions and BI analytics.

“Someone who thinks they can just hire someone to develop a mobile application is missing out on the fact that you need multiple skills sets that come from different people,” Eric Berridge, co-founder of Bluewolf, told the news source. “There’s not a one-size-fits-all from a skills set perspective.”

Alice Hill, managing director of, told the source that data analysts grew 335 percent in the last year, to become the fourth-most in-demand IT job. If the Gartner survey is any indication, the need for big data analysts should increase even more in 2013.

According to the IDG News Service report, IT professionals with security backgrounds and the ability to integrate mobile and cloud technologies will be in especially high demand, particularly as companies continue to adopt bring your own device (BYOD) strategies. A recent survey by Frost & and Sullivan and the (ISC)2 Foundation revealed that more than half of organizations worldwide already allow employees to practice BYOD.

However, because cloud and mobile security solutions are still maturing, Frost & Sullivan’s vice president of research, Michael Suby, suggested that IT departments seize control of corporate application and data management.