The majority of UK IT departments are struggling to keep up with the needs of their businesses, with dependence on ageing legacy infrastructure, slimming budgets and lack of skilled personnel playing leading roles in holding them back, according to a survey of over 250 CIOs and IT heads published Tuesday.
Over the past year numerous international and UK-focused studies have underscored what most enterprises have, sometimes painfully, come to realise: Increased adoption of cloud computing and big data services and technology is driving transformation in businesses—not just in how the IT department functions, but in how these relatively new technologies and services are procured and consumed across entire organisations. And with the right IT skills in high demand and job specs in constant flux, businesses are struggling to manage this transition to a new model of IT.
In advance of the 4th Annual Cloud World Forum in London in June Business Cloud News caught up with one of the conference speakers, Mark Skilton, professor of information systems and management group, Warwick Business School, who shared his views on how increased uptake of cloud computing is creating a skills gap in enterprise IT, and changing the mix of skills students and enterprises are looking for in the next generation of IT pros.
Cloud and virtualisation skills are in high demand and relatively short supply but CompTIA, an industry trade association is launching a certification programme this week which aims to help IT professionals validate their cloud skills.