Cloud Investments Pay Off, but Skills Are Lacking

By Dennis McCafferty
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    Cloud Investments Pay Off, but Skills Are Lacking

    Cloud Investments Pay Off, but Skills Are Lacking

    Organizations continue to migrate a wide range of tech functions to the cloud. But IT departments are struggling to keep up with resulting staffing demands.

Companies are now taking advantage of multiple cloud environments to migrate apps, storage and databases, according to a recent survey from SolarWinds. The resulting report, "SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2017: Portrait of a Hybrid IT Organization," reveals that nearly all organizations are in migration mode, and most are satisfied with the results with respect to ROI, cost efficiencies, tech availability and scalability. However, that demand is increasing the pressure on IT departments, with survey respondents admitting that their existing staff doesn't have sufficient skills to deal with cloud needs. In response, many tech pros have undergone training to remain relevant in a cloud-driven world. "No job is more affected by ongoing technology disruptions than the role of the IT professional," said Joe Kim, senior vice president and chief technology officer for SolarWinds. "For today's IT professionals, it's absolutely critical not only to put the right solutions in place to best manage hybrid IT environments, but to prepare organizations—and themselves—for continued technology advancements, even as we move beyond cloud." A total of 205 IT professionals, managers and directors from the United States and Canada took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2017-04-25
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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