Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 03-28-2013
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Cloud Savings in Spite of IT Skills Shortage

A Lack of Cloud Familiarity  Only 19% of companies say their IT team is familiar with cloud offerings—a far cry from the number they wish they could tally.

It seems that every time a person in the IT field turns around, they're being inundated with an array of questions about cloud computing. What is it best used for? What is the extent of the cost savings? Is the future really in hybrid clouds? Most CIOs would answer those questions with one idea in mind: The cloud is essential for all companies, and it's about time that the business side, which hasn't always signed on to the ideas of IT, starts believing it.

But then again, they just might start doing so. As a recent Rackspace survey of 1,300 U.S. and U.K. organizations has shown, a growing number of companies are seeing the value of cloud computing. And in a surprisingly high number of cases, they are hiring people to specifically handle cloud tasks. One of their challenges, however, is finding the right talent.

"The cloud era represents a huge opportunity and it requires a specific, and critical skill set for this to be fully realized," says Rackspace chairman Graham Weston. "As cloud adoption increases, companies stand to reduce IT costs and become more agile, however, with not enough people properly trained in these cutting edge technologies, organizations are missing the boat."

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.


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