As the year comes to the end, one aspect of the IT channel is clear – the skills gap is getting larger. For some time, technology professionals have feared that the growing demand in business technology adoption coupled with increasing innovation are making it harder than ever for companies to keep up. Nowhere is this highlighted more than in the cloud industry.
According to a recent study from IDC sponsored by Microsoft, demand for IT professionals with cloud skills increased by 26 percent annually through 2015. This relates to as many as 7 million new cloud-related jobs worldwide. Two-thirds of enterprises will be planning or implementing some form of cloud computing.
This demand, however, is not met with the same supply. IT Principals are reporting that there are still 1.7 million open cloud-related job positions that have been posted over the last year. The report cites that the creation of cloud jobs is moving very swiftly and the current workforce is unprepared. Lack of training, certification or experience are the top three reasons why cloud jobs are not filled.
"Unlike IT skill shortages in the past, solving this skills gap is extremely challenging, given that cloud brings a new set of skills, which haven’t been needed in the past," wrote Cushing Anderson, the author of the report. "There is no one-size-fits-all set of criteria for jobs in cloud computing. Therefore, training and certification is essential for preparing prospective job candidates to work in cloud-related jobs."
IT Principals are struggling to fill positions related to the latest technology innovations. However, with the help of a reliable VAR or MSP, IT decision-makers can be sure to find the impactful talent needed to successfully implement the current must-have gadget or strategy.