One of the terms often heard at development conferences is ‘change agents’. The term, which some trace back to 2018, refers to leaders in the technology sector who have been vital in transforming roles, organizations, technologies, etc. And although the last 4 years have been quite productive for the sector, many of today’s technologists feel that being one is more difficult than ever.
The insight comes from a study called, ‘Agents of Transformation 2022: Innovating in the Experience Economy,’ conducted by AppDynamics. The goal of this conversation with professionals was to determine how they viewed the role of change agents today.
Here are some of the conclusions he reached:
At least 88% of those surveyed believe that the last four years (particularly the pandemic period) have changed what it means to be a ‘tech savvy’. The main change for most is that they feel their work has become more complex: more advanced digital experiences, greater security challenges, new hybrid modalities… just to mention a few challenges.
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As a result, many feel that working in technology in recent years has become more difficult. The pressure is much greater, the volumes of data they have to keep in mind and analyze at the same time are much more complex.
Worry is simple. This increase is affecting people in the industry and leading to more cases of burnout or exhaustion. But, more importantly, it is leading many of the people in the industry to feel that it is much more difficult today to be and occupy positions as agents of transformation.
In fact, the survey found that only 10% of respondents considered themselves to be an agent of transformation in some way. The main challenges that these people are encountering in their quest to become industry leaders is the difficulty of keeping up with the skills and knowledge required. Another element to consider is the difficulty they often have in having tools that allow them to link their IT knowledge with the business goals they set.
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