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How to Achieve Digital Transformation Amid Growing Skills Gap

By Swapnil Mishra - June 13, 2022 4 mins read

The cloud skills shortage is a crucial issue without a near-term solution, despite the immediate need for companies to migrate to the cloud. There are strategic steps enterprises can take to bridge the widening gap.

The global business landscape is as competitive as ever been, and delivering excellent customer experiences is a top responsibility for businesses of all sizes. To stay afloat, many companies embrace cloud designs and technologies to ensure that their apps satisfy the needs of modern users.

On the other hand, organizations frequently struggle to make headway in their digital transformation efforts due to a lack of technical capacity to adopt and operate new cloud-based solutions. Unfortunately, the cloud skills shortage is a crucial issue without a near-term solution, despite the immediate need for companies to migrate to the cloud.  

There is a push to close the skills gap, with academic institutions and huge enterprises training people in the technical abilities required to exploit the cloud and reap its benefits fully. There are strategic actions organizations may take to bridge the rising gap between cloud knowledge and increasingly sophisticated and distributed cloud architectures if they want to continue their cloud journeys.

Cloud-enabled business opportunities and the impact of delaying cloud adoption 

By assuring low latency and service availability, enterprises can future-proof their applications, maximize ROI, and create brand loyalty. They can leverage hybrid, multi-cloud, and edge environments to bring data and computing closer to where needed, resulting in quicker, smarter, and more resilient applications.

As customer expectations rise and data grow at its current rate, cloud-based technologies that enable predictive analytics will become increasingly important. To develop and manage these tasks, you’ll need technical expertise.

Many firms’ digital transformation programs have slowed –– and, in some cases, come to a halt –– due to a skills shortage. Organizations are having difficulty finding qualified candidates to fill these positions. Those who do not adapt to the needs of our cloud-enabled world will miss out on possibilities to give new, inventive, and dynamic online experiences to their customers, resulting in missed ROI and new revenue streams.

DevOps are in charge of innovation, but are they prepared to deal with the skills shortage?

Enterprise technology stacks are growing increasingly complicated, and new solutions to speed up and simplify application development are being developed. DevOps teams are already stretched thin, and they now have to adapt to the cloud-based needs of today’s enterprises.

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DevOps will need to learn to manage, deploy, and maintain compatibility between edge, container, AI, security, and other technologies until enterprises find suitably competent experts. It’s also worth noting that they’ll need to know when and how to remodel apps, handle multi-cloud technologies, and develop and maintain cloud versus on-premises applications (the skills differ immensely).

How can enterprises overcome the cloud skills gap

Despite the scarcity of cloud talent, businesses can move forward with their digital transformations by considering technical solutions that simplify cloud migration and build on existing skillsets, investing in employee training opportunities (without adding to their workload), and cultivating a culture of transparency and collaboration.

First and foremost, new ideas must be simple and adaptable enough to be adopted without difficulty. This is critical because many DevOps have roots in legacy technology and on-premise systems. Investing in products that require minimal upskilling is a fantastic method to smooth their shift to the cloud. Cloud adoption can be made easier using technologies that allow DevOps to use languages that are already familiar to today’s developers, such as SQL.

The next step is for companies to train their workers on the skills required to initiate and maintain cloud migration — without introducing more stress or work to the DevOps team. Developers want more employer-sponsored training opportunities to help them succeed. Hence, more businesses should invest more in training.

Finally, firms should promote learning, cooperation, and transparency culture so that employees feel comfortable sharing what works and what could be improved. Managers could foster this by holding regular one-on-one meetings with team members to ensure their needs are addressed, receive feedback on current processes, and better understand their workloads to minimize burnout.

Moving forward amid cloud skills talent shortage

Digital transformation is an existential requirement for many organizations, and they must continue to develop in their cloud journeys despite a scarcity of cloud capabilities personnel. While there are large-scale efforts to close the skills gap, these efforts are frequently ineffective for businesses in the short term. Organizations can still flourish if they concentrate on implementing the proper technologies, encouraging ongoing training, and fostering a culture that values collaboration, honesty, and transparency.

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Swapnil Mishra

Swapnil Mishra is a Business News Reporter with OnDot Media. She is a journalism graduate with 5+ years of experience in journalism and mass communication. Previously Swapnil has worked with media outlets like NewsX, MSN, and News24.

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