The use of cloud computing technology rocketed up many IT Principal priority lists in 2012 and appears to still be a top issue in 2013. However, while the demand for the technology is high in the IT channel, a problem has arisen that does not seem to have an easy solution. Essentially, there are not enough IT professionals who understand the cloud.
This relates to the IT skills gap that this blog has covered. A recent IDC study examined the gap, but focused specifically on how it affects adopting the technology. According to the results, there are currently 1.7 million unfilled cloud-related jobs with a predicted 14 million new ones being created by 2015.
“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,” Cushing Anderson, program vice president at IDC, said in a statement. “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.”
The report goes on to say that one of the largest hurdles for IT professionals is a lack of understanding of the relationship between business activities and the supporting technologies. This is important because a fully integrated cloud solution that many companies are talking about could affect nearly every aspect of a business.
Because of this lack in talent, the report points toward increased training processes and certifications as a possible answer. However, many companies are not offered the luxury of extended learning periods.
This is where VARs and MSPs that have cloud options and impactful talent available become essential resources. Those that have partnered with VAR Staffing have a better chance of rising to the top in a market that is searching for help.