Challenges faced by IT Industry
The cybersecurity challenge is:
1. Cyber attacks are growing in size and sophistication
2. Millions of cybersecurity jobs remain unfilled
Organizations cannot take IT security delicately. A survey of around the world identity and get to administration by the International Data Corporation (IDC) revealed that 55% of consumers would switch stages or providers due to the risk of the information breach and 78% would switch in case a breach affected them directly. Customer isn’t willing to put their information at risk.
The issue is there aren’t enough IT experts with cybersecurity skills. 40% of IT decision-makers say they have cybersecurity skills gaps in their groups. It’s also recognized as the most challenging hiring region in IT.
There isn’t a prompt solution to this issue, but a long-term fix is to build your cyber workforce from the inside. Invest in cybersecurity training and upskill your current staff. Enlisting and outsourcing isn’t always a practical (or cheap) solution. Current IT experts who know the industry are more well-suited to move into successful cybersecurity professionals.
2. Cloud computing-
Cloud computing is the on-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage (cloud storage) and computing power, without direct active management by the user. The term is generally used to describe data centers available to many users over the Internet. Large clouds, predominant today, often have functions distributed over multiple locations from central servers. If the connection to the user is relatively close, it may be designated an edge server.
Clouds may be limited to a single organization, or be available to multiple organizations.
In spite of the worker shortage, organizations are all-in on cloud solutions. In fact, more than 50% of organizations use more than one cloud provider. It’s not unique for an organization to require cloud abilities in AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. And generic cloud computing expertise isn’t sufficient, particularly if you’re an engineer or architect. It’s basic that cloud experts have current skill sets and train on the platforms they engage with routinely.
3. Skills gap-
“If you're only looking at college graduates with computer science or electrical engineering degrees from the top ten universities in the U.S. then yes, there are hardly any candidates, and most of them are going off to the five largest employers,” says Tod Beardsley, director of research at Rapid7. “But the potential talent pool is so, so much larger than this, and companies would do well to explore this space a little more liberally.”
Leadership must prioritize professional development. Invest in your employees’ skill sets and help them grow their careers. If they’re not receiving support from management, they will seek training on their own or look to grow their career elsewhere.
4. Project management-
Companies with certified project managers are more likely to have projects that are completed on time and within budget. It takes involvement and vital consideration to align projects with departmental and organizational objectives. A strong project manager keeps projects on track so due dates are met, assets are accessible and authority is within the loop. Without someone to control the ship, projects lack direction and risk increments. A business that fails to recognize these dangers likely doesn’t value project administration highly.
Rising skills gaps have made the jobs of project managers even more difficult, as critical expertise is lacking. It’s the project manager’s job to communicate skills needs with management and help guide realistic expectations. IDC believes that by 2020, 90% of all organizations will have adjusted project plans, delayed product/service releases, incurred costs, or lost revenue because of a lack of IT skills, with losses worldwide totaling $390 billion annually. A successful project manager keeps their focus on the big picture even as disrupters, such as skills gaps, create risks for the business.
PMI®’s Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification is an essential certification for project managers. PMP provides a verified level of assurance that a project manager has the experience and skills to effectively define, plan, and deliver their projects. If you’re a prospective project or program manager, the PMP certification should be in your immediate plans.
A lack of budget and resources is another major concern for both IT staff and decision-makers. The open-field sections of our IT Skills and Salary Survey are littered with criticisms about budget constraints. IT professionals want to train but their requests aren’t always approved by management.
Budget is often the major roadblock impeding professional development and hiring. IT departments need to ensure they are communicating the right messages to organizational leadership to help them understand the value of ongoing training. Here’s a place to start: revenue growth, low employee turnover, and new product development are signs of a skilled workforce.
There are a number of ways to maximize a constrained budget. Prepayments and special offers are options to save on training. Lock in a discounted rate for a full year, or save a certain percentage on individual courses. Also, make sure you are aware of any training credits your company may have. They are typically issued by tech providers as a way to help drive value for a particular investment. Global Knowledge accepts training credits and vouchers as payment for courses. Know your balance and know when they expire.
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