Author: Sherri Hammons, CTO at IQ Navigator
The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the latest buzz words in technology. At its most generic, it means connecting unconnected things. For instance, your refrigerator could sense that your milk is going stale and automatically place an order with your favorite drone delivery service. To do this, though, your refrigerator has to have the sensors to collect the data from the milk carton, which must know when germs are beginning to take over the milk… and, well, you get the picture.
At its most promising, IoT could handle many of our daily chores, much of the mindless work we do today, leaving us to become more strategic in our work and home and giving us a lot more free time.
But a dearth of skill sets could prevent us from a future that allows us to “strategize” on a beach in Fiji while our connected world takes care of our every need. And we’ll also be missing out on huge opportunities for financial growth as this market takes off. I don’t believe this phenomenon will manifest into new job titles. I believe our talent landscape is on the verge of a dramatic shift away from titles and careers to project-based skills and attributes. We may not need a four-year college degree to become successful at completing a project or even building our own IoT milk carton. We may only need to take some courses and learn to play in an IoT playground.
To be successful in IoT, you will need some hard skills:
If we followed the traditional route, an IoT Professional would need to have multiple degrees in hard sciences. Or, we could begin to develop curricula that give someone the skills they need to build our future with a few courses that make sense. And we’ll need some labs to provide the playground. Rather than waiting years, we could change the talent shortage landscape within months.
You will also need some of the following attributes:
I am currently on the Board of the Internet of Things Talent Consortium, headed by Cisco with partners from MIT, GE, Rockwell Automation, Pearson and others. We are attempting to do just what I am describing, which is understand which attributes and skills will be required as our world changes dramatically and then coming up with a plan to get the right curricula available. We see the future and we want the future to be ready for the amazing new life we see just ahead.
We could use your help.