Developers with AI and automation skills are in ever higher demand. While AI might help companies deal with the demand for talent, especially when it comes to more mundane tasks, it’s also important to recognize that the demand for skilled professionals will just keep growing. That’s the word from Brent Hayward, CEO and general manager for Salesforce’s MuleSoft division.

The Role of AI

  • There aren’t enough developers in the world. We’ve already achieved exit velocity, where the pace of apps and the pace of technology is way outpacing the ability to bring on tech workers” he said.
  • Demand for talent, particularly people with technology skills, remains favorable, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data,” reported Deloitte analysts in the Wall Street Journal.
  • For employees in the information and technology sector, the demand is particularly strong. There were 41,000 more hires than layoffs in January, with 99,000 job openings.

Automation as Solution

As part of this process of skills enrichment, he said AI is going to help level the playing field, providing advanced knowledge to all organizations: “We’re going to find that in low-code, no-code, and even pro-code scenarios, we’re giving everyone the best knowledge.
While innovative AI and automation technologies might mean businesses need more highly capable talent, these emerging technologies can also help to alleviate skills shortages. AI and automation can perform low-level and tedious integration tasks, elevating the tasks of developers and IT specialists to “reviewing and validating the mapping“, said Hayward.

Human Talent As The Key

At the same time, human talent will remain key to implementation. “I don’t know if it will ever replace the most knowledgeable and deepest developer that you have,” he said. “Boy, what an opportunity to level the playing field to bring the lowest common denominator up to the median. You’ll have less errors, less issues, and be able to build for scale more effectively.”

Paradigm Shift

Hayward said the challenge for enterprises — and this is where technology talent will remain in high demand is “the need to connect that backend, pro-developer integration and systems automation patterns with more new modern, task-based workflow triggers. Those worlds are blending. While the world is running out of developers relative to scale, the world is growing very smart people that use applications and know the data model. As these worlds come together, we’re seeing a very powerful paradigm shift.