December 26, 2013, 7:28 AM —
I love my job as a Project Manager and hope to be one for many years to come. Do you foresee any major changes in the Project Manager job market in future years?
Thanks for emailing me your question. It’s great to hear that you love your job and are being proactive to assure that you are professionally ready for the years ahead. You’re very fortunate to have found a job and a profession you enjoy and the forethought to maintain your future marketability. You’re an inspiration to us all.
My belief is that the role of Project Manager will continue to increase in importance in future years and the need for project managers within IT will increase in both stature and in numbers. My reason for this belief is that there are a number of long term IT megatrends that will increase the demand for professional project management including the following:
Cloud computing is changing the Project Manager role in a number of ways. First, as companies continue to migrate internally developed software to SaaS based cloud alternatives, the ratio of Project Managers to Software Developers continues to increase because of the initiation of more projects and the reduction of internally developed software. Second, IT organizations that bring cloud technologies within their firewalls and develop private clouds will quickly recognize the need for seasoned Project Managers to help navigate these high visibility and wide reaching projects. Lastly, because cloud providers are vendors, the project management role will continue to evolve into the world of vendor management, Service Level Agreements (SLA’s), and contract negotiation.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
It sounds easy and budget reducing to just let everyone bring their own devices to work. From the outside it looks as though IT budgets can go down because they’re not buying as much computer hardware. Well, guess again. BYOD has dramatically increased the complexity of technical support provided by the IT Help Desk and the development of software for multi-platform use. From a Help Desk perspective, these BYOD complexities are causing the creation of new processes, multiple installation images, and enhanced security schemes. These activities all require complex project-based work and may, expand the need and use of Project Managers with the Help Desk function. Regarding the implementation of multi-platform based software, this additional project and technical complexity requires additional up-front planning, coordination, development, testing, and rollout. Therefore, smaller projects not seeming to need formal project management now do because of these additional complexities.