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To Find Your Cloud Talent, Think Beyond the Hire

Cloud | Posted on October 16, 2018

As more organizations move their IT workloads to the public cloud, IT teams are scrambling to acquire the right knowledge and talent to help them do so.

According to Softchoice’s new research report, The State of Cloud Readiness: IT Leaders Lost in the Cloud, hiring is IT teams’ top method for seeking that talent.

In its survey of 250 North American IT leaders, 96 percent of those surveyed admitted to experiencing a skills gap for cloud talent within their organizations.

Hiring is a natural next step to fill the gaps, right? Many seem to think so:

More than three-quarters of IT leaders have hired full-time resources in the last six months to support their cloud initiatives.

But the hiring process often doesn’t go as planned, and IT teams are left hanging in the midst of an important and overwhelming data center transformation.


Stuck Without the Needed Cloud Knowledge and Expertise

It’s clear that IT teams need additional skills and guidance to support their cloud migration strategies. After all, 43 percent in the midst of migrating workloads find themselves struggling to follow an effective cloud strategy. These challenges occur even after vast preparation in testing applications and workloads for use in a new cloud environment.

When it comes to the skills gap, it’s not just technical skills IT teams are seeking. Operational skills are just as in demand to manage the finance and project management sides of cloud migration.

Looking to outside sources is easier said than done. Nearly half of those surveyed say it takes three to six months to find the right hire. This slow process can stall projects, or force teams to move ahead still lacking the expertise and guidance they need.

Less than a third of IT leaders said the same in 2016, indicating the IT skills gap continues to widen – despite the fact that 86 percent of IT organizations are paying a premium for cloud talent compared to the rest of their IT staff.

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Working Around the Cloud Skills Gap

The need for both technical and operational skills in the midst of an industry-wide skills gap doesn’t make for easy or affordable hiring conditions. Hiring is a crucial part of any organization’s strategy, but when the job candidate market isn’t meeting hiring needs, IT teams can’t put all their eggs in one basket.

Given the hiring struggle, contracting outside partners should be top of mind for IT teams.

A third-party partner can provide cloud management expertise without the premiums it takes to hire the right candidates in the current environment. Even if hiring for talent is going smoothly for an organization, the need for faster innovation and continuous training requires expert third-party mentorship.

Do you find your team needing a boost in cloud management strategy? Download the Softchoice report, The State of Cloud Readiness: IT Leaders Lost in the Cloud for more guidance on how to shape your team to lead your organization to cloud success.

Want some cloud expertise? Contact a Softchoice Representative.

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