Many organisations would agree that there is currently a shortage of skilled IT resources. This shortage is negatively impacting on organisations' profitability, productivity, innovation, speed to market, security, customer service and ultimately, their ability to be competitive. So how can organisations solve this crucial problem?
IT skills are currently lacking in the following areas:
- Servers/data centre management
- Database/information management
- Cyber security
- Help desk/IT support
- Web design and development
"The pace at which change is currently occurring within the IT space is so significant that it's very difficult for organisations to keep up," explains Kareem Tawansi, CEO of software development provider, Solentive Software.
Technological innovation changes rapidly on all fronts, shortening product lifecycles and heating up competition. The advances in hardware technology are driving new software development technologies and languages, which are making it increasingly difficult for organisations to ensure that their IT resources are equipped with the appropriate skills.
One of the more challenging decisions an organisation must make, given the limited time and resources they have, is deciding on what technologies to invest their time on. Organisations can provide their staff with basic training across all different technologies or they can choose a particular technology to focus on. Both these strategies can be flawed. Offering basic training will mean that the organisation will not have an expert in any one technology and taking a focused approach carries the risk of choosing low-value technologies.
Other problems with providing training include:
- Lack of time
- Difficulty in providing on-the-job training
- Constant requirement for new skills
"Taking the approach of not doing anything about this problem and sticking with the current skills of your IT resources can be risky and may result in diminishing your organisation's competitive edge. A quicker and more cost-efficient solution is to bring in temporary staff with the desired skill-sets to work onsite for limited periods of time. These onsite engagements can allow organisations to select the skill-sets they require on an on-demand basis," offered Kareem.
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