Soft skills are key for future IT managers

Businesses are increasingly looking for business-literate IT professionals who can add value at a strategic level. As such, IT...

Businesses are increasingly looking for business-literate IT professionals who can add value at a strategic level. As such, IT staff need to move outside their comfort zones and acquire "soft" skills, such as people and project management, to be certain of a secure future.

However, with IT departments still under pressure to do more with less, how will already overstretched IT professionals find the time to invest in training, in addition to their core job functions? And is it worth it?

This year's annual Technology for Financial Executives survey, carried out by Computer Sciences Corporation and Financial Executives International, found that in many corporations IT remains as isolated as ever from the boardroom and overall business strategy.

With only 7% of respondents claiming to have an IT plan fully aligned with business objectives, acquiring these skills could be the key to elevating the status of IT and its staff within businesses.

Good communication skills can help you to motivate teams to meet deadlines, work to budget and improve the general management of key business projects.

In addition, they will provide IT staff with the knowledge and the business language to translate their IT solutions into business solutions in order to deal effectively with board-level staff and customers.

Training can be done easily, with minimal impact upon day-to-day work. With the rise of e-learning, IT staff can fit in study around their core job functions or learn remotely in their own time.

IT professionals should look to the future and realise that far from being a waste of time, acquiring soft skills will lead to long-term job security or pave the way for them to become consultants.

Laura Kelly is international marketing manager at training company Thomson NETg

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