Minding the Gap: Three IoT Skills Your Business Needs Today

Organizations looking to exploit business opportunities around the Internet of Things need to fortify their workforces with expertise in cloud computing and NoSQL, network security, and rapid prototyping.
By Ryan Johnson
Jun 21, 2016

The interconnected, sensored world of the Internet of Things isn't science fiction anymore. It's a very real and viable business opportunity, with an estimated 43 percent of organizations projected to implement IoT products and strategies by the end of 2016. To be a part of this new wave of "smart" technology, however, we need IoT-smart professionals—and they're going to be in high demand.

It's important to recognize that the IoT isn't turnkey. It requires planning, integration, adjustments to IT infrastructures, upgrades to network security and data processing, and the people who know their way around these platforms. A shortage of these professionals is already evident, with 41 percent of businesses citing an IoT skills gap as a barrier to IoT adoption.

In anticipation of the continued growth of the Internet of Things, here are three high-growth categories and skills businesses that will need to meet the challenges of the IoT head on.

Cloud computing and NoSQL experts will be key to herding and organizing IoT data in the cloud.

From smart cars and geo-targeted marketing to medical implants, the IoT is poised to generate a colossal amount of data that needs to be gathered, broadcasted and stored. Cisco estimates that by 2020, the number of internet-connected "things" will soar to 50 billion.

But more information isn't always better data. Actionable data will be the key to success, but IoT data won't be actionable right off the bat. In fact, it can be notoriously unruly.

The unstructured nature of IoT data will require the flexibility of NoSQL databases like MongoDB. As the leading NoSQL database, MongoDB adoption is growing parallel to the explosion of new data pouring in from Internet-connected devices. As a result, there has been a 63 percent spike* in demand for MongoDB architects skilled at integrating and migrating these databases into new or existing back-end infrastructures.

Businesses will also need more processing power, utilizing distributed, cloud-based server providers like Hadoop and its processing engine, Apache Spark. Hadoop can be challenging even for seasoned data scientists and architects, so highly skilled professionals who know their way around them will be in demand. There has been a 200+ percent increase* in demand for Spark professionals as well.

Network security experts and IT infrastructure architects will be crucial in identifying IoT-based vulnerabilities and upgrading IoT ecosystems.

In the face of big data, many organizations have already taken steps to upgrade their IT architectures and move operations to the cloud. There has been a 189 percent increase* in demand for big-data pros, and that will only continue to grow as the IoT industry expands.

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