By Umme Sutarwala - June 21, 2021 4 Mins Read
The COVID-19 pandemic worsened the disparities between organizational IT demands and workforce capabilities when it came to the technology skills gap. Many industries are discovering that there are just not enough experienced personnel with the level of technical skills required to meet demand as more sectors embrace cloud services to support their expanded digital capabilities.
According to a 2020 Global Knowledge survey of 9,500 IT professionals, nearly 80% of IT decision-makers believe their teams lack the skills they require. When it comes to cloud computing, the problem is particularly acute, with 90% of firms reporting a scarcity of cloud-related skills in a September 2019 survey conducted by 451 Research.
So, how does an industry produce an adequate number of qualified cloud specialists with enough years of expertise all of a sudden? Since that is not possible, companies must reconsider who they hire, as well as how they train and retain employees.
Employers should surround their most experienced employees with motivated, entry-level talent with strong fundamental cloud skills, rather than chasing and vying for a limited number of highly skilled employees.
Cloud vendors, governments, and training organizations are all working hard to get entry-level cloud talent into the global IT ecosystem. Hundreds of thousands of people have already acquired hands-on cloud training, and many of them are eager to begin their cloud careers in cities all over the world.
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Today’s entry-level cloud employees will not have a decade of on-the-job experience, but they will also not have a decade of legacy thinking. These employees can help challenge obsolete practices and embrace change in the digital age rather than having to unlearn old habits and ways of working on now-defunct technologies.
This new generation grew up with mobile devices, is familiar with voice-enabled technologies, and is comfortable working remotely. They have a new perspective on data and devices, most likely preaching new and new ideas on technology and its capabilities. Consider what a team of solution architects and developers could do with such zeal and high standards.
Putting together teams of people with varying degrees of experience will ensure that they complement and learn from one another. Those who are new to the cloud will be able to develop their skills in a welcoming setting while being mentored by someone with extensive experience.
Companies can free up their experienced cloud personnel to focus on the higher-value areas of their projects by surrounding them with skilled, entry-level talent. Their team can take care of the portion of the construction while concentrating on more difficult responsibilities such as strategy and design.
Organizations must ensure that they are supporting development in order to get the most out of their entry-level and most experienced personnel.
Skills gaps are more than just an inconvenience; they can have serious financial and economic consequences. Because of a dearth of IT skills, experts anticipate that firms will have to change project schedules, delay product/service launches, incur costs, or lose revenue.
Businesses may bridge the IT skills gap by hiring entry-level personnel, allowing them to reach business objectives and deadlines on time. Employee retention can also be improved by investing in them.
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Having a diverse range of skills and experience throughout a company can also aid in the creation of stability. Building strong, supportive, and resilient teams—teams that aren’t reliant on a small number of irreplaceable employees, can help businesses ensure business continuity and financial security.
Hiring people with a diverse set of talents, backgrounds, and experiences can also help with business decision-making and innovation, since experts say that diverse teams are smarter and more innovative.
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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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