The internet of things (IoT) is in the midst of an explosion, as more connected devices proliferate. But there's a problem: There's not enough talent with the right skills to manage and execute on IoT projects. In fact, insufficient staffing and lack of expertise is the most-cited barrier for organizations currently looking to implement and benefit from IoT, according to research from Gartner.
"Tech companies are definitely solidifying their IoT strategies, but what we're seeing is they don't have the processes and talent in-house to make these things happen. In fact, Gartner says that three-quarters of IoT projects will go on for twice as long as they should, because of insufficient talent in key areas," says Rich Pearson, senior vice president of marketing and categories for global freelance marketplace Upwork. By tracking data from Upwork's extensive database, Pearson and his team have identified the top ten skills companies need to drive a successful IoT strategy.
Data is sourced from the Upwork database and is based on annual job posting growth and skills demand, as measured by the number of job posts mentioning these skills posted on Upwork this year from January 1to March 31.
This piece of content has been updated to reflect changes in the IT job market