Because industries in the tech sphere are changing rapidly, firms are especially driven to provide advanced training and certifications to their team members. In the IT and IS fields, new software and updated systems require education on a continuous basis. Rather than expecting for talent to come in the door as fully-formed professionals, companies need to implement a skills development strategy that allows employees' knowledge and expertise to grow alongside innovation.
For TechTarget's Search IT Channel, Lynn Haber interviewed Todd Billiar, the director of channel development here at VAR Staffing. He explained that businesses need to build those training opportunities into the corporate calendar.
"That can mean doing X number of hours of training per quarter or getting one to two new certifications per year," he said. "Partners are recognizing the increasing importance of certifications and are incenting their employees to do it."
For some companies, it makes sense to devise those certifications internally, but there also exist standardized certifications in the industry that employers can explore. IT solutions providers with existing rosters of clients may risk losing business if they don't adequately keep up with the evolving needs of partners, particularly as they adopt cloud and web-based data systems. On the other hand, those IT firms need a firm grasp of the latest systems and trends to build those systems for clients.
"As companies move to more hosted solutions and mobility, there's a need for help desk support for these solutions," said Billiar. "At the other end, we're seeing more of a demand for individuals who are architecting these solutions: virtualizing environments and moving apps to the cloud, for example."
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