Our current understanding of the long-term challenges: the market for IT architects, consultants and software architects who are familiar with the standards of the automotive industry is small enough to allow a complete overview. A large percentage of future candidates is recruited from technical vocational courses and this forms one of the pillars of personnel expansion and consolidation.
There are still no courses available that combine the world of engineering (design, construction, production) with the world of IT. Only a few software architects are familiar with and can manage:
- the complex technical requirements of production lines and
- a major part of the security risks involved in the design of Industry 4.0 applications.
In our judgment of the automotive industry and the requirements for the future of the industry, OEMs and tier 1 to tier 2 suppliers will require additional experienced consultants, IT architects and software engineers to be able to implement the demands of Industry 4.0 in the future. New, innovative companies will need to make a special effort, use a targeted approach, and have good qualification to attract these specialized professionals.
The trends and requirements of Industry 4.0 (IoT, Big Data, Smart Factory, etc.) and the attempts to achieve a competitive advantage will exacerbate the competition for technical professionals. We will also briefly discuss the topic of “Staff Preparation for Industry 4.0” in our company presentation.
In addition, the trend towards outsourcing will transfer complete working sections of OEMs to their suppliers.