IT architects set to shine in 2002

Technical, applications and systems architects will be the jobs in demand in 2002, according to an Australian recruitment broker.

Crispin Baynes, director of RSP Global, said the demand for skilled IT architects will grow as companies realise the importance of unifying their disparate IT systems.

"With the global push towards e-business and intranets, companies need to integrate new infrastructure with legacy systems to create a cohesive and accessible structure. IT architecture roles are set to increase as businesses are forced to look at IT on an enterprise level, not just a segmented departmental level."

Baynes said architects will need to have an "overall vision of the business", combining strategic planning with IT infrastructure management and design.

Skill sets not so popular in 2002 will be those that were in favour in 2001, according to Baynes.

"For example, Web developers may be facing a difficult year if they don't upgrade their skills to keep up with changes in the industry."

Baynes believes employeRs will be looking for developers with IT architecture experience to unify e-business strategies.

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