Skills Shortage Heightens Hybrid IT Challenges

Not a day passes when someone I interview or a new piece of research appears bemoaning the IT skills shortage. New research, released today by SolarWinds, suggests the shift to hybrid IT infrastructure is exacerbating the gap as companies struggle to find people who can blend on-prem and cloud solutions.

The SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2017: Portrait of a Hybrid IT Organisation found that over the past 12 months, IT professionals have migrated 71% of applications, 45% of their storage and just over a third of their databases.

And while, based on the survey of 128 IT practitioners, managers, and directors in Australia (you can read the Australia Report here) from public and private sector small, mid-size, and enterprise companies, 91% have migrated critical applications and IT infrastructure to the cloud over the past year, but 59% spend less than 40% of their annual IT budgets on cloud technology. Many are using two or three cloud providers although one in 20 use more than ten cloud services.

Many of the professionals surveyed said they have had to acquire new skills or changed their career plan as a result of the rise of hybrid infrastructure.

Almost half of the businesses surveyed have hired or reassigned IT personnel, or plan to do so, for the specific purpose of managing cloud technologies. The top cloud-related skill IT professionals improved over the past 12 months was monitoring/management tools and metrics - unsurprising given that’s SolarWinds’ sweet spot


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