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Seven top tips for starting your new job remotely

As technology evolves, the landscape for all tech professionals is continually changing. And for those working in Cloud and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), this is no exception. Continuous learning and staying abreast of the latest technological advancements are essential in this evolving field.

IT professionals need a mix of technical and soft skills to manage and implement IT systems. Technical expertise is essential for implementing, customising, testing, debugging, and maintaining systems and applications.

As systems become more advanced, professionals need up-to-date technical proficiency. This includes expertise in programming languages, database management, operating systems, and an in-depth understanding of the specific software they are working with.

In 2024, the five skills that we believe will be most in demand for IT professionals are:

1. Data Analytics and Business Intelligence (BI)

Analysing and interpreting data is critical for business. Skills in data analytics and business intelligence enable you to gain valuable insights from the vast data ERP systems are processing. Understanding visualisation platforms can help make data-driven decisions. These could include:

Power BI
Tableau
Oracle Analytics Cloud
Zoho Analytics
IBM Cognos
InsightSquared

2. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

As more companies adopt AI and machine learning technologies, there is a need for people who can develop and implement these solutions. Programming languages such as Python and R are high on the radar: Python for building and implementing algorithms and R for statistical analysis and machine learning. Mathematics also comes into play. Linear algebra, calculus, and statistics are all useful for machine learning. Tech workers need to understand the ethical implications of AI. They need to ensure fairness and transparency in their choice of algorithms. Candidates with a combination of these skills are well-equipped to contribute to AI and machine learning solutions.

3. Cybersecurity

With cyber threats looking set to continue in 2024, Cloud professionals need an awareness of cybersecurity. Staying up-to-date on the latest cybersecurity trends is vital. Protecting sensitive business data for clients is a priority, and IT specialists must be experienced in implementing and maintaining robust security measures within their systems. This includes encryption and access controls. This year, there will be a growing need for cybersecurity professionals who can help protect organisations from cyber attacks.

4. Cloud ERP

Like all technology, ERP systems are evolving and improving with new technologies, features, and standards. The ERP landscape is dynamic, with software updates, new features, and changing business requirements. To excel, you need to be adaptable and open to continuous learning.

ERP professionals must have an interest in and the ability to learn new things. There is a need to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and developments in the ERP field. Learning skills are essential for staying relevant, competitive, and innovative as an ERP professional.

If you're a contractor in this field, you may need to take some responsibility for your own training and development. Being able to grasp and implement new technologies ensures you can navigate the evolving ERP landscape.

5. Soft Skills

If you are an ERP professional, you should be able to pinpoint ERP processes and configurations that can be improved. Employers look for resourceful candidates who can solve the organisation's problems with the resources they have on hand.

Implementing a new system can be complex, with potential problems all along the way. The ability of IT professionals to be agile throughout the project is integral. As an IT professional, you need to be open to feedback while also being able to make changes to project plans as needed.

While technology skills are important, soft skills are crucial for career success. Some of the top soft skills in demand for 2024 include

  • Creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Effective communication
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Adaptability
  • Team work
  • Business Acumen
  • Project management including project planning and execution
  • Emotional intelligence (EI)
  • Presentation skills
  • Resourcefulness

Final Word

The more diverse your technical and soft skills are, the better. ERP experts should have familiarity with ERP systems and architectures from different vendors, including SAP, Microsoft, and Oracle, as well as any local data standards and regulations.

These are some of the skills and attributes that can help you excel as an IT professional in 2024. When you're updating your LinkedIn profile, writing a new CV,  or interviewing with hiring managers, it's good to know what traits and skills hiring managers are looking for. These skills make you a more attractive candidate and lead to higher salaries and better job security.

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