If the current IT workforce is to keep up with the pace of innovation, there will need to be some significant changes.
That’s according to findings from a new research report from SolarWinds – IT Trends Report 2019: Skills for Tech Pros of Tomorrow – which is based on a survey fielded in December 2018, with responses from 174 technology practitioners, managers, and directors in the United Kingdom from public-and private-sector small, mid-size, and enterprise companies.
The study delves into the state of skills and career development for technology professionals, to reveal they have one foot secure in today’s hybrid IT existence while also keeping an eye on emerging technologies.
Specifically, UK tech pros have prioritised systems and infrastructure, security management, and hybrid IT skills development in the past year. When it comes to the next three to five years, they are looking to develop skills in areas like artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analytics, while eyeing career paths such as data science and coding.
Despite this, the study found that without an easing of current time and budget constraints, 70 percent of UK respondents believe they will be unable to confidently manage their IT environments by 2024. Furthermore, 78 percent of respondents revealed they lack the time to train for new skills.
SolarWinds global chief technology officer and executive vice president Joe Kim says recent history has proven that there is a direct correlation between technology and business performance.
“The results of this year’s IT Trends Report highlight that businesses need to focus even more on developing these professionals charged with running and pioneering technologies for the businesses,” says Kim.
“By removing day-to-day barriers, arming technology pros with the right technology and management tools, and prioritising skills and career development in the IT budget, tech pros can be better equipped for the future and help with business growth.”
Kim says the findings are also in line with the company’s view that the most critical problem they need to help tech pros solve today is the reality of the hybrid IT landscape—this applies to all tech pros whether on-premises, managing hybrid infrastructures, SaaS-based, or MSPs.
Some of the key findings from the report include: