Analysts, Project Managers Win as IT Shifts into Business Units

As more companies continue to add IT staff, many tech workers will find their jobs being pushed into business development roles. The reason: Continued alignment of IT with business processes is pressuring the notion of traditional, centralized IT departments.

Thus, one of – or, perhaps thebiggest trend in IT this year will be an ongoing demand for business-savvy techs who can work in individual business units rather than a central services group. Demand will grow for professionals who can serve as business analysts and project managers. The Department of Labor expects business analyst positions to increase by more than 27 percent through 2014. At Dice, a recent search for project managers yielded more than 14,000 listings. A search for business analysts returned about 9,500 results.

Even if you haven’t moved into a project management or business analyst role, having a “business mindset” is one of the top in-demand skills for 2011, according to Robert Half International.

“Companies seek multifaceted IT individuals with business analysis and project management skills, as well as the ability to understand how technology supports broader business objectives and adds measurable value,” the recruiter says.

More technical IT roles will be outsourced to companies that specialize in particular areas. Among other roles, server administrators, network admins, network engineers and software developers are working more at specialized local companies that provide services on demand.

This doesn’t mean a loss of IT jobs, but rather a shift from individual companies staffing their own IT departments to specialized IT service providers. It’s the business analysts and program managers who are the exceptions.

— Chandler Harris

6 Responses to “Analysts, Project Managers Win as IT Shifts into Business Units”

  1. So, with my background you think I should be snapped-up real fast as a Corporate Business ANAL.? HA! This is NOT, as you noted 1991, except in ALL Human Resources Dept. in Austin, TX., one look at my (required) Work History and I’m dismissed as “OVER-QUALIFIED”. OR some H.R. Drone arbitrarily culls me because of perception. Heck, have you seen what re’sum’e format the Texas Workforce Commission uses to “help” Texans find work?

  2. tom struble

    The article is spot on. Typical IT workers in the past did not have a business mindset, or even business experience. They were tekkies. The problem, from a development standpoint, is that Business Requirements were missed at the highest level resulting in numerous iterations, rework, missed deadlines, cost overruns, and upset clients.

    The problem is, try to tell that to the traditional shop. I still see job requirements where the BA or PM is expected to code. Sorry, requirements and Use cases should be done away from system knowledge as much as possible.

    This is a big change for traditional thinking.