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Roadmap for Bridging the Cloud Skills Gap

By Umme Sutarwala - June 15, 2022 3 mins read

Cloud adoption is increasing, and so is the lack of cloud management skills. One approach is to establish a cloud learning center to provide employees with the knowledge they need to assist their organizations in better discovering the cloud’s potential. 

With a scarcity of competent candidates for cloud-related jobs, businesses are better off turning within to fill those positions. A skills gap in the cloud is nothing new. Many IT professionals lack the skills and expertise needed to design and run cloud-based apps, making it difficult for startups and other early adopters to find qualified candidates. Traditional businesses’ expanding use of the cloud has exacerbated the scarcity. 

According to a Gartner analysis titled “The Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services Skills I&O Teams Require for the Future,” businesses may soon suffer the consequences of failing to improve their in-house cloud knowledge. Furthermore, due to a lack of in-house skills and experience, over 50% of I&O organizations are predicted to fail to fulfill their firm cloud adoption goals by 2022. 

Here are three approaches to closing the skills gap in the cloud.

Recruit varied skills and train

An answer could lie in recruiting teams with skills that can be trained to have a cloud expertise, and then encourage or deliver certifications etc., to enable them to close the gap in cloud skill requirements. This would provide for flexibility in recruitment focus, and also ensure there is enough trained talent to go around when the inevitable cloud adoption happens.

Also Read: How to Achieve Digital Transformation Amid Growing Skills Gap

To close the cloud skills gap, create an internal transition strategy

When a company decides to stick with its internal team, the first step is to identify the people who will lead it. It needs to identify a product owner and a cloud architect in particular. These positions take much longer to onboard because employees must grasp the company’s internal processes in addition to learning the essential technical skills. 

The product owner does not need prior cloud knowledge, but they must be well-organized and have excellent management abilities. They should, ideally, be conversant with the company’s procedures. 

The cloud architect should have some familiarity with the cloud. They will need to combine their knowledge of cloud architectures with the ability to collaborate effectively with both business and research and development teams. 

After those two positions are filled, the organization can hire cloud operations engineers, a DevOps team, or anyone else who fits into their cloud strategy. Leaders should not overextend themselves. They need to begin small with low-risk enterprises on a single platform. As the team settles in, they should continue to expand their staffing as required.

Hire professionals that can help align business with the cloud

Enterprises must hire DevOps-trained developers who can align business workloads with the cloud. Once they have everything in the cloud, or whatever they need in the cloud, they want their IT staff to be capable of designing bespoke applications in order to continue their digitalization journey. That’s where DevOps enters the picture. 

Low-code and no-code software development will assist enterprises in transferring programs across multidisciplinary teams who may or may not have a technical background. Upskilling, such as teaching business departments such as finance or human resources how to use cloud applications, is also an element of bridging the skills gap. 

Obtain buy-in for the cloud from everyone within the firm, which includes training people on the parts of the cloud that affect their day-to-day work lives.

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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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