Back in March of last year I wrote of the Skills and Experience required for the ITAM profession.
I talked about the key qualities of ITAM professionals such as analytics, licensing and contract smarts, industrious work ethic and the ability to consult and engage with the business.
A year on and the market continues to expand and evolve at eye-watering pace. At ITAMS we’re seeing growth in the market, increased interest in ITAM and expansion in our own business both to meet increasing demand and also help plug the gap with the overall shortage of skills in the industry. It is an exciting time to be in this industry and provides the opportunity for both rewarding and highly paid careers.
My key observations in 2014:
We’ve conducted our own internal research on the SAM market, and we are seeing that the demand for permanent roles is outstripping the demand for contractors. Due to the limited number of SAM experts out there, organisations want permanent employees to support the program long-term, rather than hiring a contractor. It’s an on-going, long-term process, so why would you only have someone that has the knowledge and experience for 3 – 6 months?
As ITAM grows in importance so do the career openings and opportunities within IT. As with any career path, ITAM professionals face the choice of taking a more ‘managing people’ or ‘specialist expertise’ routes with their career.
Similarly, as ITAM grows from being a back office compliance role to a forward thinking decision support and business intelligence function ITAM professionals can take steps towards roles that help steer the IT departments path. For example, a good progressive step for an IT Asset Manager would be into IT Governance or Technology Strategy – which is only one step away from the CIO.
For budding ITAM career professionals my advice would be:
That’s my take; it would be great to hear your views.