The Big Question is an initiative between Computer Weekly and recruitment consultancy PSD. Each week we put the Big Question to top IT professionals to get their take on a current talking point.
Business skills rank as highly as technology skills for the vast majority of IT professionals, according to this week's Big Question poll.
The result suggests that the days of the pure technologist are numbered and that soon all IT work will require business knowledge and acumen.
Many of those polled said that their job routinely required them to demonstrate an understanding of the business's needs and to know how IT could help to meet these needs.
"It is never a case of just imposing the IT skills I have on the business," said one.
John Walker, who works in finance and accounts support, said that when he started out 20 years ago, technology skills were all employers looked for from their IT people, but times had radically changed.
"This has evolved so that now we all also need business-related skills," he said.
"Over the years, I have completed many business-related exams to help with my understanding so I can develop financial applications, and that cannot be uncommon."
Another respondent said that having the right business skills was an important differentiator among IT workers. "Having moved from insurance into commercial and retail banking, the biggest challenge is understanding the business processes and terminology.
"For IT professionals to survive in the UK they have to gain the business skills, because commodity processes are liable to be outsourced to cheaper locations," he said.
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