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What IT skills are required for the fourth industrial revolution?

Hafizah Osman | April 24, 2017
The robotic revolution beckons, but more skills are needed in Australia to meet its demands.

Hays chief information officer, Steve Weston, said organisations need to prepare by ensuring their IT infrastructure is fit for purpose and they have the necessary skills at their disposal.

"It's important to realise that while automation is here to stay, it won't happen overnight. Even so, we mustn't rest on our laurels. These new technologies will demand different skills from our IT teams and create new jobs," he said.

He added that roles and sectors which have traditionally not featured any automation are now seeing robotics become part of the process, ranging from fruit picking to health care.

One area where Hays expects to see many big changes over the next decade is the automotive industry, as self-driving cars are introduced and new technology is incorporated into vehicles, further supporting the South Australia government's investment into this space.

Late last year, MYOB also addressed the new rules of surviving technological change in its Future of Business: 25 years into the future report.

"We've entered a period in which technology development is no longer craft and creation, but aggressive evolution," MYOB chief technical advisor and futurist, Simon Raik-Allen, said at the time.

"And just like in evolution, which is driven not just by steady growth but by pressure points, we are seeing a period of hyper development.

"As in the natural system, in business this will reward the agile, the nimble and the adaptable, and weed out the slow and the resistant to change," he said.

Source: ARN 


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