As specialist IT recruiters, 100% IT Recruitment are well informed on the IT skills that businesses will be seeking in their future employees. By focusing on one core skill set, we have the expertise to provide a good match for the employer’s requirements and the skills, knowledge and experience of the IT professional. If you plan to take on additional IT staff in 2016, we know that a detailed understanding of smart technology will be a desirable asset for any recruit. This article explains a little more about why this should be a priority for your business.
It is now relatively commonplace for runners, cyclists, swimmers and other active people to wear fitness bands. These collect and collate data during the activity, which provides the athlete with information on distance travelled, heart rate, calories burned, average speeds etc. This data can be used to improve performance and as a motivational tool.
The use of smart technology is growing not only in our personal lives, but also in the workplace. Widely referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT), smart technology allows for the collection and use of data is having a profound effect on transforming processes in a wide range of industries.
The IoT enables architects and engineers to transform a basic sketch into an interactive 3D model that can easily be communicated to clients and contractors. This speeds up the process, allows for adjustments to be made on the spot and encourages everyone to share ideas at the planning stage. This therefore cuts costs, as well as aiding project management.
In healthcare IoT is being used to collate and share patient data amongst employees. This aids efficiency, which again leads to cost savings, but it also improves the level of patient care that can be offered. It can also reduce the number of cases where the level of care has been compromised due to human error. Button sized monitors that can keep tabs on patient health are also being developed and these could play a vital role in identifying indicators such as changes in temperature, breathing or perspiration which could inform the need for immediate medical intervention.
In industry machine to machine (IoT) is playing a role in everything from supply chain optimisation to quality control and loss prevention. Efficiencies in process and data informed decisions can help with providing improved customer service, competitively priced products and even compliancy with reducing energy or water use.
According to an international report that has been produced by Forrester, 70% of the Asian Pacific companies that were surveyed were already using IoT technology in their business, 60% in North America and 50% in Europe. All of the 600 enterprises stated that IoT would soon be considered essential for business success. The primary reason was that it allows for data informed decision making. From strategic overviews to deep insights, it offers the opportunity to optimise every aspect of the business.
Although many enterprises understand the value of IoT, it does demand an open mind to new possibilities. It can completely transform how things have been done, but recognising and embracing this potential is a daunting prospect. Whilst some industries and cities have been openly encouraging the use of smart technology for years, many more will prefer to stick with the status quo. Change on this scale can feel like a challenge too far.
The first port of call can be to discuss the potential use of IoT with your IT Department. Any IT professional should be well informed about smart technology and have visions on how it could be used to benefit the organisation. Their input could be valuable in strategic planning meetings. If you are seeking new employees with these skills, remember to use specialist IT Recruiters such as 100% IT Recruitment who can source the right calibre of professional.