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Cloud Computing: Skills Gap Threatens Technology Boom?

By Dick Weisinger

The need for qualified technology workers is far exceeding the number of trained professionals available.  A report by IDC and sponsored by Microsoft estimates that the number of cloud-based IT jobs will grow 26 percent annually over the next two years.  In 2012 nearly 1.7 million jobs went unfilled because qualified workers were not available.  IDC expects that there will be 30 million IT jobs globally by the end of 2015.

Cushing Anderson, analyst at IDC, said that  “Cloud-ready jobs are increasing as we head into 2013, but with this increase comes the harsh reality that IT pros around the world are steps behind when it comes to attaining the skills necessary to thrive in the cloud computing industry… 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. 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 IDC report found that:

  • Half of businesses say that cloud computing is a high priority for them, and two-thirds are in the process of planning or implementing cloud computing
  • 75 percent of businesses have concerns about security and access control of data stored in the cloud
  • The top three reasons why businesses aren’t able to staff positions for working with the cloud are lack of training, certification and experience
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