Sunday, January 12, 2020

Career advice: What are the jobs or domains that would thrive in the future, with the advent of AI, robotics, automation and all?

Here is my response to a recent question from an online forum.

Assuming you are asking about techno-functional role, a System Integrator is going to be in demand; and will thrive with the advent of AI, robotics, automation and other digital technologies.

So, who is a Systems integrator?

A systems integrator (or system integrator) is a person or company that specializes in bringing together component subsystems into a whole and ensuring that those subsystems function together, a practice known as system integration. Systems integrator - Wikipedia

Why are they going to be in demand?

AI, ML, Analytics, Robotics, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and other automation, blockchain and other emerging digital technologies don’t operate in isolation. To deliver innovative solutions and business processes, they need to be integrated together and operate with existing processes and systems either in the enterprise or across enterprises.

A system integration engineer (or Enterprise Architect) needs a broad range of skills and is likely to be defined by a breadth of knowledge rather than a depth of knowledge. These skills are likely to include software, systems and enterprise architecture, software and hardware engineering, interface protocols, and general problem solving skills.

People with a good grounding of technology and business processes who can customize, configure and integrate such emerging technologies and bring together people with depth of individual technologies are going to be in demand.