Tech innovations phasing out former IT roles

By VAR_Staffing
In Channel
October 16, 2012

VAR_Staffing / VAR Staffing

In the natural world, the strongest and smartest creatures survive. Those that have adapted to their surroundings and work the best within the environment come out on top. It's a concept known as Darwinism and has been around since 1860. It's also the backbone to the theory of evolution – creatures with poor traits are replaced by newer, more efficient models.

The concepts of Darwinism and evolution can also be applied to IT departments. With how quickly technology is advancing, the hot job today can be tomorrow's round of layoffs. Dan Tynan even took this concept and used it for a recent article for

"The trends currently taking hold of IT organizations may have a broader impact on IT employment than we've seen in years," wrote Tynan. "Job titles that were once considered secure are suddenly on the verge of extinction. Call it the new IT ice age. And tech pros who don't evolve with the times risk joining the T-Rex and the triceratops in the tar pits."

While the IT channel may not be preparing for a giant meteor to wipe it out and start anew, there are a number of current roles that are nearing extinction or being combined to create new ones. Tynan points to bring-your-own-device (BYOD) practices, cloud computing and mobile applications as innovations that are putting giant data centers, strict hardware repair technicians and low-level system administrators out to pasture.

IT Principles need to be aware of this. Failure to keep up with trends and the latest innovation can put companies behind the curve and cost them business. Partnering with VARs and MSPs is a smart way for IT decision-makers to stay connected to a reliable resource when change is needed.

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