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Five Approaches to Addressing a Kubernetes Skills Gap

By Umme Sutarwala - March 29, 2022 4 Mins Read

As companies move toward cloud-native development, the need for skilled and experienced Kubernetes security personnel is growing. While demand is growing at a rapid pace, supply is not keeping up.

Containers and Kubernetes are almost synonymous with cloud-native development these days. These technologies enable businesses to act quickly, deploy software efficiently, and carry out activities in previously unimaginable ways.

However, businesses are having difficulty filling these positions. According to a StackRox poll, the major Kubernetes challenges that influence their companies are a steep learning curve and lack of internal talent, according to 540 security and IT experts.

The following are a few approaches to closing the skills gap in Kubernetes.

Dedicating resources and money to furthering Kubernetes knowledge

The demand for professionals with Kubernetes experience continues to outstrip the supply. Today, Kubernetes is a technology with a lot of promise, but it has a steep hill to climb and is still in its infancy. First and foremost, leaders should provide funds and time for continuing education to offer team members the time and space to up-level their abilities in order for firms to receive substantial and cost-effective benefits from it. This gives employees a lot of room to grow, and it’s a great way to develop a skill set within the company. 

Next, businesses should select a low-hanging project where their team can try out the new technology in a safe environment. As part of that testing, assist the teams in determining how the new technology will affect the rest of the company (e.g., the methods and tooling needed to operate, deliver, and monitor that software).

Organize security and infrastructure management in one place

Putting together a small panel of professionals only works if the Kubernetes admins can run the entire organization’s Kubernetes infrastructure, ideally via a single platform. This allows the organization’s central staff to handle all Kubernetes-related matters, whilst application development and operations can be securely delegated to developers with less Kubernetes knowledge. The central platform enables the Kubernetes team to set and enforce governance standards, removing the need for developers to understand the specifics of Kubernetes configuration.

Also Read: Three Reasons Why Kubernetes Has Swiftly Become a Crucial Container Orchestration System

Automation can help boost productivity

Automation, in addition to up skilling the staff, is critical for continuing to expand capacity. DevOps emphasizes the use of automation to achieve continuous integration and delivery, eliminating handoffs and accelerating time to market. Furthermore, automation can free up employees’ time to focus on strategic, business-impacting activities rather than tactical, recurring tasks.

Invest in an in-house specialist (which is extremely rare to find)

Invest time and money in training their operations team to use the new technology. Training is simply one aspect of the job; the most challenging part is keeping these individuals once they have grasped the current technology due to their higher market worth. Furthermore, there is an inherent danger in implementing new technologies if an organization lacks the necessary skills.

Identify any talent or competency gaps in Kubernetes

Businesses have witnessed how broadly Kubernetes is used. Companies, on the other hand, identify barriers to container adoption. People and skills shortages are the main roadblocks, either directly or indirectly through a lack of time in relation to other objectives. This skill gap is a common occurrence. The main impediments to successful digital transformation, according to Red Hat’s 2022 Global Tech Outlook, are competency or talent gaps.

While it’s simple to attribute this to pandemic-related employment hardships, it’s not completely new. Based on a survey performed in mid-2020, the statistic in the Global Tech Outlook was essentially the same as in the previous year’s study. Over the years, organizations have regularly encountered people, skills, training, and time as roadblocks to adopting new technologies.

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Umme Sutarwala

Umme Sutarwala is a Global News Correspondent with OnDot Media. She is a media graduate with 2+ years of experience in content creation and management. Previously, she has worked with MNCs in the E-commerce and Finance domain

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