The One Skill You Need to Succeed in the IT Industry
By Arijit Banerjee
If you’ve ever watched an episode of Silicon Valley, you’ll hear the word “pivot” often enough. Start-ups are constantly reinventing their business strategy to best fit the market needs. It’s a blessing and a curse of the tech-industry. Furthermore, there are only a few other industries that can boast of taking an idea to market in a couple of months. Also, on the flip-side, it’s a curse as the entrepreneurs are always running a risk that their technology could become outdated between the time an idea is conceived and the time it’s released to the public.
The need of every hour:
Being successful in the Information Technology world hinges on one key factor: Adaptability.
With technological trends changing at lightning speeds, staying relevant is the top priority. This doesn’t mean that technology workers need to start from scratch to relearn their trade every year. However, from mainframe to personal computing to cloud, the core concepts of software design, development, and testing haven’t changed. It’s the devices and tools to build software on those devices that have progressed.
Think of it like media consumption - twenty years ago people had radios, newspapers, and televisions. Today we have countless apps, websites, and channels to consume content. Therefore, the core concepts of journalism haven’t changed. It’s just that there are more platforms available for audiences to seek relevant news.
Furthemore, the same goes for the ‘technology’. What started out as developing a command line tool for a mainframe computer now requires designers and developers to consider a spectrum of devices from laptops to tablets to cell phones. For example, someone who started coding for personal computing in the 90's will need to adapt to mobile app development to stay relevant today. That's why you’ll see so many programming boot-camps available around the world.
Age doesn’t factor:
Another adaptability aspect depends on your ability to stay updated. With platforms and technologies growing and changing at breakneck speeds, someone with just one year of experience in a new technology can become an expert.
It means technology workers don’t need to have a certain number of years of experience to become great at something. An android app developer can become a data architect. A user experience designer can become a product manager. They only need to put in the time and effort to learn about it and have an aptitude for it.
It’s all about adaptability:
People who can adapt can enter the tech-world. Therefore, they can become successful at a different rate than, say, the aircraft engineers or the nuclear physicists in their respective fields. Also, the IT industry can make sixteen year olds billionaires just as easily as it can allow a sixty five year old to develop a game changing app. Hence, dust off that copy of “App Development for Dummies” and get to it!
About the Author:
Director of Academics
Manipal Global Academy of Information Technology (MGAIT)
Bhaskaran holds an MBA degree in Production Management from Bangalore University. He also holds a B.Tech degree in Electronics and Communication from NIT Warangal.
Bhaskaran is a Senior Strategy Consultant helping companies to innovate and deliver their products and services, in a manner that ensures sustainable business, for both themselves and their customers. Furthermore, he is a trusted advisor in helping craft and live a strategy. Bhaskaran works with companies to help improve performance parameters such as top line, bottom line, customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, product and market mix. He is also an accredited CEO Coach through Coaching Foundation of India. With over 30 years of business experience, of which 10+ years were in the role of senior management in Royal Philips Electronics.