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Trends, Challenges & Opportunities in 2019

2018 marked another twelve months of tech-driven change and digital disruption – both domestically and worldwide. As its sphere ever-widens and increases in complexity, the IT industry continues to operate in a state of flux. From the phenomenal pace at which AI technology is growing and the increasing threat of cybercrime through to the rapidly evolving IT job market, no aspect of the sector remains untouched by change.

But what do these changes mean for those working in the sector day-to-day? How will Australian IT professionals respond to these challenges and opportunities in the year ahead? This report provides a snapshot of the opinions, concerns and predictions of a wide cross-section of IT workers, together with recommendations on how best to leverage the trends that will dominate in 2019 and beyond.

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Here’s a few highlights

01. Challenges in the year ahead

IT Professionals’ Top 3 Concerns

Doing enough to stay ahead of the curve across a number of key areas will be an ongoing concern for IT professionals in 2019.

What do you expect to be your biggest challenges in the year ahead?

02. Predicting 2019’s Dominant Trends

Evolving our approach to cybersecurity

The Australian cybersecurity sector will triple in size by 2026 to become a $6 billion industry.

Australian Businesses’ Cybersecurity Expertise

03. IT’s growing sphere of influence

Do IT professionals expect IT to become more influential in 2019?

“Changing perceptions are being driven by the increasing uptake of IT in daily life and a more IT-savvy
generation coming into the workforce. This makes my work easier as IT services are embedded in their minds as fundamental.”
Survey respondent.

Factors influencing changing perceptions:

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Feature Articles

Our AIICT brand expands portfolio with ten new courses to help address ICT skills shortage
The Australian Institute of ICT (AIICT) has introduced a new series of industry certified bootcamp programs and nationally-recognised qualifications to meet the surging demand for skilled ICT professionals in Australia.  The bootcamps support the Morrison Government’s recently announced Digital Skills Organisation (DSO) pilot, which recognises the importance of non-accredited training to support the development of skills of the future workforce. The bootcamp programs run for six months and comprise of several vendor-specific certifications. The courses include ‘Cloud Computing Certified Professional’, ‘Certified Microsoft Full Stack Developer’, ‘Certified Artificial Intelligence Professional’, ‘Growth Marketing Professional’ and ‘Certified Project Management Professional’. The decision to introduce the bootcamps follows the VET sector’s increasing move away from nationally recognised qualifications to vendor-specific, industry-certified training. According to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research, preference for accredited training courses has declined steadily in recent years, with employers increasingly less satisfied that these courses provide their employees with the most relevant and important skills for their business. This has led many organisations to preference non-accredited training provided by private technology vendors such as Microsoft and AWS.