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Investing in Technology - Trends and Predictions for 2012

Wednesday 12 December 2012 by

Many of us take technology for granted, however technology plays a pivotal role in any business, influencing every aspect of how a business operates and performs. As a result businesses are more and more reliant on the technology in place and how it's utilised. Imagine if we were to take that technology away virtually all business operations would be impacted on a global scale with their operations in many cases coming to a complete stand still!

Many companies still perceive their IT function and IT budget to represent a huge drain on resources, viewing IT as a non profit generating part of their business, often not giving it the recognition or resources it deserves or resources required. Investment in technology represents a significant cost to any business and the ongoing investment required to keep up with the latest technologies does impact the balance sheet substantially.

However it's imperative to any business that the role that technology plays in the operation of the business is not taken for granted. If developed wisely with clear defined strategic policies in place on the type of technologies developed, procured and implemented then properly employed these technologies can transform the way any business operates, delivering substantial cost savings and achieving greater efficiency bringing value to the business, shareholders and stakeholders alike. IT departments need to understand the requirements of the business so they can make faster, better informed, cost effective business decisions.

Looking to the future Technology savvy companies will continue to evaluate how Information Technology can generate revenue income streams through business innovation and smarter use of cloud, mobile, social media and other emerging technologies to benefit their organisations.

Technology is an exciting and rewarding industry to work in, fast moving, constantly evolving and covering a wide area of industries including IT, Telecoms and Online Media. With technology evolving at such a rapid pace 2012 is set to be another exciting year with analysts predicting that Business Intelligence, big data, mobile computing, social media and cloud computing will continue to be at the forefront of the IT, Online Media and Telecoms industries.

High demand is predicted for experienced Business Analysts and Project Managers. 2012 is also likely to see an increased demand for IT Security Specialists as Cyber attacks on businesses increase at alarming rates. With the advent of cloud computing and a greater reliance on mobile platforms (smart phones and mobile tablets) by employees who are working more online and away from the office, the need for enhanced IT Security is increased further still.

With all of us not only in our business lives but also personally spending more and more time online Social media professionals with skills in website development, graphical user interfaces, mobile applications, online marketing and search engine optimisation will again be in high demand during 2012. Web Developers with coding skills in PHP and HTML and online marketing analysts with experience in search engine optimisation and mobile application developers will be in demand by companies eager to deliver and enhance how people view the world around them and demand for people with that expertise is only expected to grow.

 

How can AP Technical help you?

 AP Technical is part of AP Group, which was formed in 1990 and is now one of the world's leading global offshore recruitment consultancies with offices in Guernsey, Jersey, Cyprus, London, Geneva and Zurich currently recruiting in over 40 jurisdictions Worldwide. This specialist technical consultancy was formed to create a dedicated high quality service to both candidates and clients in the IT, Telecommunications and Online Media industries and provides a recruitment service for permanent and contract staff.

AP Technical has a team of dedicated consultants with specialised knowledge and first-hand experience in placing technical specialists in both the commercial and the financial marketplace who have the necessary technical understanding and experience to understand the requirements of even the most specialised roles. The company recruits from Junior and Graduate level through to board appointments.

If you are interested in one of our many opportunities or if you require a specialised technical consultancy to assist you in your search for suitable staff at any level, please contact Shubha Puthran, Senior Consultant, AP Technical at shubha.puthran@ap-technical.com