This blog has covered the growing skills gap in the IT channel that is making it harder for IT Principals to find the talent they desire. With the rate at which technology is evolving, it can be difficult acquire the quality professionals who understand and are trained in all of the latest innovations. However, there is another obstacle that is making IT staffing a headache for decision-makers – specific industry knowledge.
A recent ComputerWorld article features interviews with several experts from different company sectors about the importance of tech professionals who have vertical expertise. The fast-changing business process and ever-mounting government and industry regulations are complicating day-to-day operations.
Mark Moroses, the CIO of Continuum Health Partners, spoke about finding quality talent from a healthcare perspective.
"Before, programmers and analysts were separate. Then we took the IT person and put them in the business unit and called them a business analyst," Moroses said. "But at the end of the day, you need one person who gets it and does it. In healthcare, you need that clinical component and technical component. You have to eliminate the translation requirement because of the speed of business."
Executives from a number of industries like insurance, finance and electric also spoke about how they are looking for IT professionals who also have experience in their specific field. There is a desire to hire someone who "gets it all."
This has led many companies to seek out industry specific VARs and MSPs that can offer these kinds of professionals. Solution providers that have partnered with VAR Staffing have a better chance of pulling themselves into top consideration for businesses that are scrambling to find the impactful talent they desire.