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Top Five Tech Skills For Your Organisation

In today’s high-velocity digital world, having the right skills in different areas of your team is not just a bonus—it’s essential. The right blend of tech skills can drive a business towards sustainable and lasting success, maximising existing opportunities and having the skills to identify and pursue new ones. So what are some of the skills that really are essential to have and what does an effective team structure look like for your tech organisation?

What is a Typical Tech Team Structure?

Any team structure in the tech space is by its nature dynamic and varying, based on the company’s size, area of operations, objectives, and unique needs. However, certain key roles are ubiquitous for successful organisations no matter what area your company focuses on: These include project managers, developers (front-end, back-end, and full-stack), UX/UI designers, QA analysts, system administrators, and IT support. Each role makes a fundamental contribution to a project’s lifecycle, whatever the area, from initiation to completion.

A high-performance tech team is more than just a group of individuals; it’s a cohesive, collaborative unit. Effective technology teams combine technical skills, or hard skills, with essential soft skills like communication, teamwork, and problem-solving. This balance ensures not only successful project navigation and completion but also a culture of continuous learning within your organisation.

What are ‘Hard’ Technical Skills?

Technical skills, or hard skills,  engage the practical application of theoretical knowledge. These are the abilities needed to perform specific tasks, especially those related to IT, analytics, data science and mathematics. For a tech team, this includes skills from programming and data analysis to system troubleshooting and network management. These ‘hard’ skills are crucial for translating ideas into reality, creating software, optimising systems, and implementing data analysis.

Five Core Skills Your Tech Team Should Focus On

Skill #1: Cloud Computing: As more businesses move their operations to the cloud, proficiency in cloud computing is vital. This skill allows teams to manage and optimise cloud migrations and operations. It’s vital that companies know the scale and opportunities available within the cloud for organisations of all sizes, but they also need to know what solutions are right for different companies. Companies also need to ensure they are taking optimum advantage of the cloud themselves, to better inform their own services to clients. See our article on the pros and cons of moving to the cloud and you can also read our article about building a successful cloud strategy here.

Skill #2: Data Analysis: Data is invaluable in today’s world. The ability to accurately analyse data, using verifiable tools,  to extract actionable insights is essential for making informed decisions, whether for your organisation or clients. Having the right data science and data analytics skills within your organisation leads to an enhanced understanding of user behaviour, identifying future trends, and improving the products and services that you offer to customers.

Skill #3: Cybersecurity: With the increasing threat of cyber attacks, cybersecurity skills are more important than ever, and more and more organisations are investing significantly in their privacy and security protocols. These skills help protect an organisation’s data and digital assets through firewalls, encryption, security protocols, and regular system checks. Read our article on how to respond to a data breach here.

Skill #4: Coding and Programming: Advanced and agile coding and programming skills are fundamental for your team.. Knowledge of programming languages like Python, Java, C++, HTML/CSS and SQL are vital for efficient scaling and optimisation of your services.

Skill # 5: AI:  As the Artificial Intelligence environment continues to grow at speed, knowing how AI can benefit your business will free up time for your team to work on other projects. Optimising how AI can assist with ideation or repetitive tasks throughout your organisation is vital. The technology still requires a significant level of human monitoring in many regards, so having people with the skill to identify where the technology’s strengths and weaknesses are will help you make the best of it for your business. AI should be a skill that’s added to your organisation, rather than replacing one.

Evaluating Technical Skills

Evaluating the technical skills of team members accurately can be challenging. Various methods, such as technical interviews, coding tests, certifications, and reviewing past projects, can provide a comprehensive view of your team’s capabilities. By rolling out continuous assessments can ensure skills remain relevant and identify areas for further development.

Skills need to be current in the ever-evolving tech landscape and this requires continuous learning. As technologies like AI, machine learning, and blockchain advance, keeping your team’s skills up-to-date is more important than ever. Encourage ongoing education through courses, workshops, and certification programs. Foster a culture of knowledge sharing to enhance engagement and retention. A team that learns together grows together, staying agile and competitive.

Be Cautious and Remember the Customer

In an era of remote working, and virtual meetings and digital interaction, it’s natural that for some, the ability to communicate efficiently and effectively in a person-to-person environment is at risk. Richard Davis, author of “Good Judgment: Making Better Business Decisions with the Science of Human Personality,” said in an article for Forbes recently that our increasing dependence on technology is eroding the fundamental human skill of perception and understanding in face-to-face interactions, adding that he was  “broadly concerned that the ability to have insight into other people is at risk of atrophy, that we are in the process of losing it as a species, and that has serious implications.” This of course presents not just a challenge as to how efficiently your team will operate but also how effectively you interact and engage with your customers. The right technology skills can help you augment your business and provide better services, but make sure you don’t lose or negate the human factor. As the French writer and aviator, Antoine de Saint Exupéry said in 1939; “Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.”

For expertise and information on the right hires and skills for your business, get in touch with us at IT Experts Europe.