Career Watch: Staffing needs in the cloud

Career Watch: Staffing needs in the cloud

Q&A: Greg Pierce

The cloud strategy officer at Tribridge discusses staffing needs after moving to the cloud.

When a company moves IT operations to the cloud, what does that mean for its IT staff? It's a misconception that moving to the cloud means the company will clean house of all current staff. However, the current IT staff does need to hone new skills. They need to consider the move to the cloud as a challenge, embracing the expansion of their skill set. Their day-to-day tasks will definitely morph, but if the IT employees can remain open to adapting their skills, they are going to be far more valuable to the organization and less likely to be phased out.

What kinds of adjustments are needed in training and other areas? Decision-makers need to clearly communicate from the outset what cloud provisioning will mean for the organization's employees. Proper, formal training is crucial to the future success of the current IT staff, and this expectation should be communicated. Areas of focus for the cloud should be project management and interpersonal communication, because the in-house IT staff will be dealing directly (and more frequently) with both users and the cloud provider.

How can IT staffers proactively prepare for what might be an inevitable shift to the cloud? I've seen a lot of resistance to the cloud by IT professionals because they believe they will no longer have a position within the organization. Instead, they need to take a proactive approach to researching cloud solutions that fit their organization's goals and mission so that they can become an integral part of the decision-making process. It's a mindset. It's not a matter of if companies are going to the cloud, but rather when.

Sounding the Skills Gap

As is evident from the findings of Computerworld's 2012 Salary Survey, there's a gap between the skills IT workers have and the tech skills employers are seeking. And a recent CompTIA survey offered further evidence of that gap, finding that only 7% of companies consider the skills possessed by their IT staffs to be exactly where they want them to be.

Among the topics the CompTIA survey explored are the IT skills that companies consider to be most important, the business areas that the organizations feel are affected by the skills gap, and the perceived causes of the gap.

These charts offer a look at some of the highlights of CompTIA's findings.

How close are your IT staff's skills to where you want them to be? Exactly where we want them to be: 7% Very close: 37% Moderately close: 46% Not that close: 9% Not at all close: 1%

What business areas does the IT skills gap negatively affect in your organization?

Note: Multiple responses allowed. What factors do you feel contribute to the IT skills gap? Fast-changing technology: 46% Lack of resources for IT skills development: 43% Training has not sufficiently translated to performance: 39% IT pay too low in some areas: 29% Difficulty of providing on-the-job training: 23% Competition for a limited pool of skilled IT workers: 20% Insufficient focus on science, technology, engineering and math education: 15% IT careers do not attract the best and the brightest: 10% Note: Multiple responses allowed. How do you plan to address the IT skills gap? Train or retrain existing staff: 57% Outsource the work: 38% Hire new staff with desired skills: 28% Support programs designed to boost science, technology, engineering and math education: 6% Note: Multiple responses allowed.

Source: CompTIA State of the IT Skills Gap survey of 500 U.S. IT and business executives, conducted online in December 2011 and January 2012.

Read more about management and careers in Computerworld's Management and Careers Topic Center.

Follow Us

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.


ARN Innovation Awards 2022

Innovation Awards is the market-leading awards program for celebrating ecosystem innovation and excellence across the technology sector in Australia.

EDGE 2022

EDGE is the leading technology conference for business leaders in Australia and New Zealand, built on the foundations of collaboration, education and advancement.

Brand Post

Channel Roadmap

The Channel Roadmap is a bespoke content hub housing strategic priorities from technology vendors for 2022 and beyond, partners can find the guidance on the key technologies and markets to pursue, to help build a blueprint for future success.

Show Comments