By now, readers of this blog are well aware of the challenge that IT Principals face when it comes to finding the quality IT talent that they desire. This is understandable when you consider how quickly technology is evolving and how hard it can be for even the most seasoned technology professional to keep up-to-date.
However, there is another trend emerging in the IT channel that could make life difficult for companies as a whole. The skills gap has spread and is no longer just affecting IT professionals, as business leaders and managers can now be included on the list of personnel who could benefit from a few training courses.
The reason for this shift is related to the ways that technology has changed over the last few years. The traditional role of technology as a supplemental service to daily operations is gone, as in many instances, IT and business protocols are completely intertwined. What this might mean, for example, is that while sales managers once only had to motivate personnel to close deals and worry about quota, now they need to concern themselves with understanding sales programs and applications that may be in the cloud or on a mobile device.
A recent CIO article featured interviews with several IT leaders talking about this trend. Steve Duplessie, the founder and senior analyst with IT research firm ESG, spoke about how technology has evolved.
"IT transformation from multiple dimensions is transcending upon businesses as they explore new ideas and strategies to embrace IT as a service initiative, data science and big data analytics," Duplessie said. "The challenge is amplified by the fact that implementation initiatives expand well beyond technology as they encompass new business models and create a massive organizational impact that creates a new era of skill sets, different roles and realignment of IT staff."
It can be difficult to find the knowledge base needed during desperate times. This is when many businesses turn toward VARs and MSPs for a helping hand. Those solution providers that have partnered with VAR Staffing have the best chance to be at the top of the list.