Recognising that more technology is going to the cloud this year, IT professionals say they want more training in cloud-based applications. That desire fits nicely with what employers want, with many organisations citing a shortage of cloud skills in the marketplace.
Those are among the findings of recent research from ScienceLogic. In its report, “The State of the IT Worker,” the firm finds that IT pros are anticipating an increase in cloud spending at their companies this year, and they want to be a part of it all. But many IT professionals feel they currently lack the skills necessary to help their organisation in the cloud.
“Fifty percent of organisations will spend more on IT in 2014, investing heavily in public and private cloud-enabling technologies like infrastructure and virtualisation, according to a survey of 1,000 IT professionals,” ScienceLogic said in its announcement.
That’s the good news. The bad news: “Half of all respondents participating in cloud initiatives within their organisations need more education on the technology and note their current skillsets do not adequately prepare them to do their jobs in the coming year.”
“Cloud computing is on every CIO’s agenda, but it’s clear that many employees do not feel confident managing the new IT environment,” noted ScienceLogic CTO Antonio Piraino.
The survey also revealed the need for organisations to increase their IT training budgets in 2014, as well as to revisit the compensation levels of many IT workers. According to the survey, 40 percent of respondents said they expect to make the same or less money this year when inflation is factored.