IT Skills shortages
Short on Skills?
It’s a common anxiety amongst IT professionals that skills, the lifeline of your operations, could be running short. Without the right expertise, innovation will feel just out of reach.
Are Your Resources Up the Challenge?
Access to experienced and skilled workers is a key factor that sets successful companies apart from their competitors, however there is a growing skills shortage in the IT sector.
In its 2022 ‘State of the Nation’ report, BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, states that 76% of organisations believe that they lacked the digital skills needed by their businesses.
When IT leaders and professionals were asked “what keeps you up at night?”, the top three are concerns are cybersecurity attacks, lack of resources and the pace of change.
What’s Holding You Back?
Good people are hard to find and even harder to keep in today’s competitive landscape. Leveraging a highly specialised IT partner for one-off projects or long-term managed services support contracts can be a cost-effective and sustainable way to enhance the skills in your team.
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Look for Skills in All the Right Places.
A short-term solution to filling the skills gap is for companies to pay a premium to hire and retain resources with the expertise in demand, but given an ever-evolving tech landscape, this isn’t a sustainable approach.
The skills gap usually focuses on emerging skills – for example, ‘as-a-service’ cloud computing, data science and AI – but this in turn diverts skills development from older but still critical technologies such as IBM i (originally AS/400) and AIX (aka RS/6000) that are still the core applications of many businesses.
To compete in the digital economy, enterprises need to innovate with software, and this places greater strain on the cloud application developer skills shortage. As a result, access to application modernisation expertise is often quoted as the biggest factor in delaying the digital transformation journey.
Beyond an intensified and expensive recruitment drive, organisations are addressing the skills shortage through outsourcing specific technology areas to a specialist managed service provider (MSP) and turning to IT automation to relieve over-worked employees from the burden of repeatable functions.
By building and continually checking systems via Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and automation tools like Terraform and Red Hat Ansible, IT teams can work smarter, not harder. Not only does this give staff more time to focus on value-adding activities like improving the customer experience, but it simplifies the important task of maintaining compliance to standards.
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