IT skills shortage is ‘delaying the adoption of new tech trends’

IT decision makers have suggested that a lack of skills shortage is delaying the adoption of new tech trends like the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data.

‘Trends vs Technologies’, a research report from Capita Technology Solutions in partnership with Cisco, includes a survey of IT professionals across multiple industries within the commercial sector. It reveals a strong disconnect between nine key trends and the ability of businesses to implement the technology to realise those trends.

Among the key findings is a disconnect between the apparent relevance of a trend, compared with the number of decision makers who say their industry has the skills to implement it.

For example, while 70 per cent of IT decision makers said the Internet of Things (IoT) was relevant to their business, almost three quarters (71 per cent) said they did not have the skills to identify the opportunities for growth offered by IoT.

80 per cent they did not have the skills to capitalise on the data received from IoT, and just 30 per cent said it was being implemented.

Similarly, nine in 10 businesses said big data was relevant to their business, but it was being implemented in fewer than four in 10 businesses (39 per cent), and 64 per cent did not have the skills to recognise how they could use big data within their business.

The report identified several key barriers to implementation of IoT, the most prevalent being the perceived risk of security breaches, issues surrounding data governance and overcoming problems created by adapting legacy IT systems. 

Legacy IT infrastructure was the top barrier to the implementation of big data, along with data governance issues and cost.

The report tallies with research from the likes of CompTIA, which is working to close the IT skills gap. 

Adam Jarvis, MD of Capita Technology Solutions, said: “It’s clear that there are several important, technology-led trends which have the capacity to transform the way business is done. 

“Whilst it is encouraging that levels of awareness around the strategic benefits of those trends are high, these results suggest more needs to be done to support businesses and help them close what is a substantial skills gap.

“Without the necessary skills and infrastructure needed to implement trends such as IoT and big data, businesses across the board will suffer long-term competitive disadvantage; it is up to us as an industry to find the best and right ways to deliver that support.”

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