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The Opportunities of the Industrial Internet of Things

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is bringing more insight to industrial processes than ever before. As the digital transformation of industrial machines—and the systems in place around them — continues to gather steam, career opportunities for those with the right skills and outlook are waiting.

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is big business. In a 2018 brief, Bain & Company estimated that the IIoT market could grow to $200 billion by 2021. With IIoT companies like GE, which has identified IIoT as a way towards vast improvements in efficiency throughout their other lines of business, and Airbus, with its standard-setting open platform project, the IIoT has captured the minds of industry big hitters as a way to improve efficiency, enhance productivity, and transform industry.

What is the Industrial Internet of Things?

You may know of technologies associated with the Internet of Things (IoT) from a consumer perspective. Things like smart home devices that can control your home’s temperature, lighting and security, and wearable technology like smartwatches and activity trackers are popular devices that use the internet to communicate and act on the data collected.

The IIoT combines information from sensors and actuators that are connected to the internet with the massive power of big data analytics and machine learning to provide actionable insights on industrial processes for decision-makers. Whether it’s predictive maintenance scheduling, process improvements or resource management, the IIoT is transforming industrial processes through better data and insights to help optimize productivity and improve efficiency.

The digital transformation brought about by the IIoT has a wide industrial reach. International Data Corporation’s 2019 prediction of spending indicates that discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, transportation and utilities will be the big spenders on this technology. And as predictions for the total economic impact of the internet of things reach as much as $11.1 trillion a year by 2025, it’s clear that there are huge opportunities for job seekers in the IIoT sphere.

How employees can take advantage of IIoT

 

Are you interested in the application of big data and machine learning to manufacturing and other industrial uses? Are you a cross-disciplinarian who’s comfortable with disruption? Familiar with or ready to learn agile methods? Ready to introduce IIoT to people and plants that may not have heard about it yet? If you answered yes to these questions, IIoT may be your next career move!

In bringing the internet to the manufacturing sector, the IIoT is introducing IT-related skill requirements to many jobs in the sector–even those that didn’t previously have an IT component. As job profiles shift — for example, as maintenance workers shift from troubleshooting functions to supporting predictive maintenance — remaining flexible and willing to retrain will help smooth your transition to work in the new smart factories.

If you’re looking to target new avenues, look at companies that are investing in IIoT. Not only can this help you find potential employers, but it gives you a good sense of what the job market and industry itself look like. Start with this list of 31 companies using the IIoT.

IIoT job opportunities

As use of the IIoT grows across the country, here are the big employment opportunities.

1. Data Science

Data is at the heart of the IIoT revolution. But the real value of the massive amounts of data generated by smart factories is in being able to capture and analyze it to provide actionable insights for the organization. That’s where data scientists come in. Dubbed “the sexiest job of the 21st century” by Harvard Business Review, data scientists wade through the ocean of data to find meaning in it. Familiar with both the industrial processes creating the data and the software systems capturing it and putting it to use, data scientists are also adept at programming, predictive analytics, statistics and probability.

2. Cybersecurity

As massive amounts of data accumulate and are put to work in operational contexts, protecting the systems from ever-increasing cyberattacks is a fundamental concern. And a difficult one, especially with as much as 75% of IT security functions being viewed as understaffed, according to a 2018 report from Poneman Institute and DomainTools. To succeed, cybersecurity professionals should be well-versed in cybersecurity technologies related to industrial control systems and operational technology, risk analysis, and attack defense.

3. Engineering & Operations

Building and maintaining infrastructure that takes advantage of the IIoT requires many individuals with interdisciplinary skills to bridge hardware, software, data integration, system interoperability and user design requirements. This includes:

Industrial Networking

Electrical and networking experts maintain the security of data transmission pathways between the Information Technology and Operational Technology teams to ensure continued flow of (good) information.

System design

IT Solution Architects are required to provide overall system design that ensures interoperability of connected machines and systems and that it meets business needs.

Maintenance & Operations

When machinery is able to tell you when it requires service, maintenance becomes less about troubleshooting issues that have already happened and more about preventative maintenance scheduling. Maintenance Managers will increasingly be called on to provide analysis and preventative maintenance while expanding to provide strategic guidance for their factories.

Is IIoT worth it?

With companies continuing to invest in IIoT technologies, and the huge opportunities for growth, the IIoT is definitely an avenue to explore for curious tech-savvy individuals who want to ride the wave of the future.

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Automation Gives as it Takes

By: Federico Vione, CEO of Adecco General Staffing and Pontoon, North America, UK and Ireland

Improvements in technology are the catalyst for amazing innovation, but the level of fear over how recent improvements will affect the workplace has never been higher.

Fear is in the employee, who reads that half of all North American jobs are at risk of being replaced through automation and worries their job may soon be obsolete.

Fear is in the employer, who takes risks and incurs costs by embracing and implementing new technology.

And yes, fear is in the staffing industry, as agencies witness clients replace jobs with automation and robotics.

But where there is fear—where there is a challenge—there is opportunity.

We are in a period of transition, not extinction. Yes, automation is gradually reshaping the workforce, and today’s jobs will not be identical to tomorrow’s, but there will be jobs. And while it is the responsibility of employees and employers to prepare for that next chapter, we are here to help. Adecco is partnering with organizations across the globe on job training programs designed to prepare workers for this opportunity.

The University of Phoenix recently presented an ad that is a great example of promoting this opportunity, highlighting a modern “Rosie the Riveter” living through the pain of losing her job to automation. How does Rosie overcome this? Through education of course. Particularly by developing a new skill set and applying it to an industry which had not yet been affected by automation.

It is an uplifting story, but where do we go from here—where do you go? As an employee, identify if the work you do is likely to be impacted by automation. If so, be proactive and prepare yourself for the future. Just like Rosie, develop an array of skills that will make you an asset regardless of technology’s impact. As an employer, recognize the power you have to invest in your employees for the future of your company. Offer opportunities to build their resilience and grow skills that will be a necessity in your evolving workplace.

My colleague and Adecco Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Stephan Howeg recently published an article for the World Economic Forum titled “Why robots should inspire hope, not fear.” We share the same optimistic sentiment for the future and it trickles down throughout our organization.

We are just as confident in our ability to help prepare the workforce to work alongside new technology as we are proud to partner with governments, businesses and job seekers to fulfill that mission.

 

Federico is the Regional Head North America, UK & Ireland, Adecco and Pontoon.

Federico Vione joined Adecco in 1999 as Branch Manager and was subsequently appointed Manager of the Abruzzo-Molise area. In 2001, he became the National Key Account Manager for the Chemical and Pharma sector, and subsequently for the Large-Scale Trade sector. In 2002, he was appointed General Manager of the Professional Staffing business Ajilon S.r.l., and in 2004 he became General Manager of Ajilon Switzerland. In 2005, Federico Vione was appointed Project Leader Global Account Management Adecco Group and subsequently Head of Eastern Europe. In January 2009, he was appointed Country Manager Adecco Italy. Federico Vione was Vice President of Assolavoro (Assoziazione Nazionale delle Agenzie per il Lavoro), Italy, between 2010 and 2012.

Hackathons: An Innovative Trend That Can “Shortcut” IT Recruitment

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laura-tarrant_headshot_finalLaura Tarrant is a Senior Account Executive for Roevin Technology— Adecco’s specialized IT division. Laura’s focus on IT recruitment and career coaching has led her to become a true expert in the field. Her monthly blogs dedicated to the IT field receive 2,400 followers from within the technology industry.  She understands that talent is more than just a skill set; her innovative and engaging recruitment strategies minimize inefficiencies of the recruiting life cycle while delivering stellar IT talent to her clients.

Below, Laura provides Adecco Lēad Blog readers with cutting edge IT recruitment trends.

Many innovative companies—particularly those in tech—rely on hiring big-picture thinkers to propel their organizations forward and keep them on the cutting edge. Many, unfortunately, are experiencing a technical talent shortage. In order to capture talent that thinks outside the box, employers need to implement creative recruitment tactics to match.  One such method that has proven incredibly successful and popular in recent years is the hackathon!

What are hackathons? They sound sinister…

Despite their name, there is nothing dubious about them. Started in Silicon Valley, hackathons are usually two-day (or sometimes week-long) networking events where like-minded people gather to solve development or organizational problems, grow their knowledge and produce impressive technology.  Many are hosted by think-tanks, tech companies, incubators, NGOs or major corporations. Brilliant young developers, designers and systems architects take part while industry veterans judge their work. Savvy recruiters and employers can take advantage of these events by connecting with both sets of attendees.

Why are they useful for recruitment?

They are an inexpensive recruitment strategy which can give you access to on-a-dime interviews with a variety of brilliant technical talent, let you see their soft skills and problem-solving abilities “in the wild” and get a sense of how they will perform on the job. In fact, many participants take part precisely to impress recruiters or employers who may be monitoring the event. Often, a job position or internship is marketed as the “prize” for taking part!

In addition to the recruitment and networking opportunities these events offer, hackathons can be held internally to introduce fun, creativity and competition into otherwise non-stimulating workplace processes.

Below is a peek into the types of hackathons that have become popular, tips for tech candidates on taking part and advice for employers and recruiters on sponsoring existing hackathons or organizing their own.

Virtual Hackathons

Virtual hackathons take place online and often for the purpose of sourcing international talent.  During these hackathons, participants are given programming concepts to contemplate or a programming challenge to solve—allthewhile competing for the overall title of “champion” and a spot on the leaderboard.

Recruitment Perspective: Organizations are given an inside look at how developers, scientists, students, entrepreneurs and educators from around the world approach problem-solving and compete against each other. If you are a small team with a limited budget—but have the ability to advertise and create brand awareness overseas—this recruitment ‘hack’ is highly recommended for your recruitment efforts.

Tip: For step-by-step instructions on attending and setting up a virtual hackathon, visit: http://www.the-hackfest.com/tips-virtual/

Interactive Hackathons

Interactive hackathons are conducted at pre-defined locations and begin with a presentation about the rules and theme of the event. Attendees are giving an opportunity to brief participants on a project they are working on with an obstacle they need help overcoming. Talent in this battle-of-the-brains ranges from “junior” to “subject-matter experts” who join together to unlock problems and suggest ideas while working in teams based on their individual interests and skills. At the conclusion of an interactive hackathon, a collaborative wrap-up session gives each team a chance to present and explain their findings, execution and achievements.

Recruitment Perspective: Let’s face it—traditional interviews with developers don’t always reveal how a candidate will fit into a company’s culture or if they will succeed in a real-time work environment. Interactive hackathons not only offer the ability to discover these unknowns, they are a less intimidating approach to recruitment and give employers the opportunity to perform on-a-dime interviews while networking with upcoming talent.

Tip: For a step-by-step guide on successfully running an interactive hackathon visit: https://hackathon.guide/

In-House Hackathons

As mentioned, hackathons are not exclusive to external recruitment efforts. They can be a great way for your staff to tackle an organizational problem together, solve development challenges or address your clients’ issues.  Your employees can also use them to prove their skills, management abilities and try out new roles. It’s no wonder that internal hackathons are increasingly being used by major corporations such as Manulife, Deloitte and many others.

If you’d like to administer your own internal hackathon, start by coming up with a project collectively and then setting up small teams of 2-5 employees.  Deliver the challenge and watch as the creative juices begin to flow. Fight the temptation to direct your team on how to do things during this event. While it may be hard to resist, you will boost participation by allowing your team to have a hand in every detail along the way to the solution.  By utilizing internal hackathons, you will foster a work environment that breeds innovation and challenges employees to build things creatively without a specific roadmap.

HR Perspective: Never underestimate your ability to unleash the hidden talents of your internal teams. Hackathons work as a tool for getting one’s feet wet into new ways of thinking.  They spark innovation, foster trust, engage employees, strengthen communication, encourage interaction and build strong collaborative teams who work towards a common goal. When a solution is constructed together, it is much more likely to stick.

Tip: For a step-by-step on running your first in-house hackathon visit: https://stormpath.com/blog/running-your-first-internal-hackathon

In today’s “Talent War”—in which people change jobs frequently, competition is global, salaries are competitive and opportunities are everywhere—smart, tech-savvy, agile workers are highly in demand, yet hard to recruit. Companies want to hire the best and brightest but rarely devise an innovative hiring process to make them stand out from other potential employers.  Hackathons can be a great tool in your arsenal to get you the forward-thinking IT talent you’re seeking.

Get more IT recruitment tips from Laura on Twitter @Recruiter_4_You and LinkedIn.

Connect to Tech: September 11, 2015

Welcome to Connect to Tech, the Roevin job link that connects engineering, IT, and technical skilled trade job seekers with the hottest employers in the business. Below is a list of this week’s greatest, latest jobs to hit the Roevin job board so dig in to discover your next great career!

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Connect to Tech: August 21, 2015 – Alberta Jobs

Welcome to Connect to Tech, the Roevin job link that connects engineering, IT, and technical skilled trade job seekers with the hottest employers in the business. Below is a list of this week’s greatest, latest jobs to hit the Roevin Alberta job board so dig in to discover your next great career!

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Connect to Tech: August 7, 2015

Welcome to Connect to Tech, the Roevin job link that connects engineering, IT, and technical skilled trade job seekers with the hottest employers in the business. Below is a list of this week’s greatest, latest jobs to hit the Roevin job board so dig in to discover your next great career!

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