Business technologists are employees who sit outside of IT and create technology capabilities for their organization to use both internally and externally. Some are hired by business teams specifically to build technology and solutions, while others are focused on other aspects of the business and only create solutions on the side. Business technologists have varying degrees of technical training, but all of them sit outside the IT organization.
Business technologists are on the rise due to a larger emphasis by many enterprises on technology and data to drive innovation. For many employees, work largely revolves around technology, whether or not creating solutions and digital capabilities is a primary responsibility. These business technologists will be most successful partnering with IT, and working within IT-established governance frameworks and guardrails. This ensures they are enabled, onboarded and trained correctly, and data and system access is controlled to promote safe, secure innovation.