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Interim manager in the IT sector - what you should bring with you

27/07/2023 – The IT industry is constantly on the move and the field of interim management is not exempt from this. In view of the so-called "war of talents", new challenges are constantly arising. Shortages of skilled workers and high fluctation significantly impact the dynamics of the market. Companies are therefore increasingly turning to interim experts in order to be able to act flexibly and in a project-related manner. Carolina Thomys, Senior Consultant Interim Management at Robert Walters, provides an insight into the four key trends in interim management that are currently shaping the IT industry. She not only emphasises the importance of the most sought-after talents, but also points out the specific skills that are of particular value in this fast-moving industry. 

These skills are needed to master the digital transformation as an interim manager 

Digital transformation is far more than just a buzzword. It is the key driver for companies to modernise their business models and processes and adapt to the digitalised world. In the context of interim management, certain roles and skills are particularly in demand to successfully navigate this transformation. 

Leaders such as CIOs who pave the way to digitalisation, project managers who master agile working and change management, and developers who have in-depth knowledge of implementing digital tools are indispensable in this new corporate landscape. They act as catalysts that guide companies through the waves of technological change. 

However, digital transformation requires not only a general understanding of IT and digital business processes, but also specialised knowledge in certain key areas. 

Trend 1: Cyber Security 

With digital transformation comes the risk of cyber threats. Therefore, cyber security has become not only a necessity but also a strategic concern for companies. IT security professionals with deep understanding of IT infrastructures, applicable security standards and IT governance are therefore essential. These professionals protect companies from threats and minimise risks by developing IT security concepts and training employees. 

Trend 2: Cloud computing 

The shift to remote working and exponential data growth make cloud computing a necessary strategy for businesses to remain efficient and scalable. Interim managers who act as cloud architects or engineers and have experience with common cloud platforms (e.g. AWS, Azure or Google Cloud) and cloud security are crucial for a smooth transition and effective data management in the cloud. 

Trend 3: Data management 

In the digital era, data has become a resource whose value goes far beyond its mere existence. Companies need experts working as Data Architects, Data Scientists or Data Analysts to derive meaningful insights from data. Their skills include not only visualising and analysing data, but also developing algorithms for predictive data analytics. These capabilities enable companies to make informed business decisions and gain competitive advantage. 

Trend 4: Artificial intelligence and automation 

The rapid development in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation enables companies to optimise their processes and minimise human error. This leads to increased efficiency and offers new business opportunities. Experts with a sound understanding of interfaces are increasingly sought after. Companies need interim managers with knowledge of AI, machine learning and robotic process automation to effectively implement and use these technologies. 

Looking to the future: The role of interim management in IT  

It turns out that interim management in IT requires a wide range of skills and knowledge. But that is precisely what makes it such a dynamic and exciting field. These trends show how the IT industry is responding to ever-changing business needs by relying on flexible, talented interim managers

Carolina Thomys sums up the importance of interim management in today's IT industry: "Companies are not just looking for someone to fill a gap. They need experts who understand their requirements and have the ability to navigate them through the challenges of digital transformation. And that's what interim management offers." 

Whether you're an interim manager looking to expand your expertise or a company looking for flexible and talented IT professionals, keep these five key trends in mind. Because as always in IT, standing still means taking a step backwards, and if you want to move forward, you always have to be on the ball. 

Interested in interim management? 

If you are interested in a position as an interim manager or in hiring an interim manager within your company, please feel free to contact Carolina Thomys. 

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