The skills gap problem
Mainframe technology is vital but lacks the appeal of programming, software development and data science to young IT professionals. These younger generations often think that mainframes are no longer relevant when, in fact, they are still core IT systems in many industries, including healthcare, banking, insurance and airlines.
But technical gaps aren’t limited to mainframe professionals. Professionals with cloud expertise are also leaving the workforce. When asked which skills categories their business lacked when managing their cloud environment, survey respondents answered:
- Cloud platform expertise: 41%
- Cloud-native engineering: 33%
- Security expertise: 32%
- DevOps: 26%
- No cloud skills shortage: 12%
The skills gap between incoming and outgoing IT professionals requires companies to assess how to best maintain their existing assets while embracing innovation. Unaddressed skills gaps result in decreased productivity, a greater likelihood of error and slower recovery times. These challenges often leave businesses behind the curve as they attempt to craft a holistic hybrid cloud strategy.