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Skills shortage could limit cloud use, despite popularity

Skills shortage could limit cloud use, despite popularity. Published: 12/24/2012

While small tech companies are expected to help turn around the economy and create jobs, recent research conducted by the International Data Corporation has found the cloud is going to be a source of nearly 7 million new positions within the upcoming years.

The influx of cloud jobs means that professionals will need the proper training and certification to fill these tech positions. However, the data revealed IT hiring managers said they failed to fill the estimated 1.7 million open cloud-related positions in 2012 because there was a skills shortage when it comes to the online storage solution.

"Despite modest growth of the IT sector overall in the U.S., cloud-ready jobs are increasing as we head into 2013, but with this increase comes the harsh reality that workforces around the world are steps behind when it comes to attaining the skills necessary to thrive in the cloud computing industry," said Cushing Anderson, program vice president at IDC.

New skills needed to work within the cloud
InformationWeek reported architecture, design, advisory, and transitional services are some of the skills that today's professionals that are working in the cloud need to possess. Having these traits comes from training and certification, and more IT professionals need to be properly taught how to manage the cloud infrastructure.  

"Unlike IT skill shortages in the past, solving this skills gap is extremely challenging, given that cloud brings a new set of skills, which haven't been needed in the past," said Anderson. There is no one-size-fits-all set of criteria for jobs in cloud computing. "Therefore, training and certification is essential for preparing prospective job candidates to work in cloud-related jobs."

The cloud poses many benefits
Addressing the skills shortage is vital to tech companies, big and small, because of the advantages offered by the online storage solution. However, firms that are using cloud computing need to be sure their infrastructure is protected by cyberliability insurance policies.

"Cloud computing is crucial to the bottom line of the company - it creates cost savings and efficiencies for companies and their customers," said Anderson. "Therefore, a cloud-savvy workforce is essential to the success of the IT industry's financial health.

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