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7 hot new IT jobs — and why they just might stick

Paul Heltzel | Aug. 15, 2017
From CIoTO to automation architect, new IT roles are rising to fill emerging needs. Some may fizzle, but others may have a long future thanks to underlying IT trends.

Sungard’s Loeppke says a chief IoT officer will make sense for some companies, while others might prefer different titles to absorb massive amounts of data collected from IoT devices. A chief AI officer or chief bot officer, managing policy and practices, might make more sense.

“AI requires large data sets for learning, and who ‘owns’ that data will keep the legal department and chief data officer busy,” says Loeppke. “Terms and conditions that consumers readily accept for a free application on their phone will start to push more into the enterprise space since most services will need more data to provide more business value.”


Data protection officer

As the EU preps for its data protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), to go into effect next year, companies are considering whether they need new positions that will help them stay in compliance with the GDPR, which aims to provide digital privacy to those in Europe. One such title is data protection officer.

Organizations like ours are building and maintaining a privacy program to better equip ourselves in the future for new regulations like GDPR,” says George Gerchow, VP of security and compliance at Sumo Logic. “If you have a privacy program that is effective, you can just absorb the new regulations and manage any gaps. We are also seeing the emergence of business security analysts who spend most of their time working lines of business on their project requirements and overall security posture DNA.”

Yann Guernion, director of product marketing at Automic Software, says it’s not clear whether the GDRP will affect job creation.

“The GDRP does not enforce having a full-time DPO. This is a responsibility an employee can have on top of other missions,” Guernion says. “It will mainly depend on how serious companies will be with their data management strategy -- just reaching the minimum level of compliance, or taking the opportunity to review critical processes and tools to reach higher levels of security and performance. With GDPR coming in less than one year, companies with better data automation might take a competitive advantage. As usual, speed is of the essence.”


Devops manager/VP of devops

Of the job titles here, devops managers are likely the most prevalent. There are thousands of postings for someone who can wrangle IT needs and development, with salaries ranging just below to mid six figures. Job descriptions list requirements like managing teams of engineers, tracking costs and tracking (and implementing) new technology.

“Devops manager is becoming more mainstream,” says Sungard’s Loeppke. “[The role is] especially important in large organizations where the use of automated testing and tools that manage code pipelines are still an unnatural approach.”


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