Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Cloud Computing skill gap remains

Cloud computing, the most disruptive trend in IT, is making its path through to reach the enterprises. As per the research firm IDC, overall number of IT positions in end-user organizations worldwide will grow at a CAGR of 4.3 percent between 2011 and 2015 and reach 29.3 million in 2015. Cloud and related skills represents most of the growth opportunities in IT worldwide. This is expected to grow positively at  26 percent annually through 2015. IDC believes there could be as many as 7 million cloud-related jobs in IT worldwide by 2015. 

So how the companies are poised at the moment? The situation is challenging. As Wipro points out, the talent shortage is so high that the companies are desperately looking at academia to bring those skills to fresher. Even though various companies tried to improve the situation by launching newer programs for the freshers, it still seems that there is a wide gap between the academia and enterprises. No doubt that this is an opportunity for leading institutions to train their students accordingly and improve the employability.  

As Information Week points out, of 7 million jobs worldwide, most of the demands will come from Asia Pacific. There are as many as 1.7 million open job requests for cloud related IT jobs.

I happen to read another article quite some times back on CIO.com but seems the supply demand gap exist so far and still there remains an opportunity for learners and academia.

Well, I will continue follow the trends as I meet leaders  from enterprises in eastern part of India and academia on the supply-demand  of skills for Cloud services.  I will make sure that I put my finding on my blog.

                                                         …. I Ambikeswara (Analyst – Emerging technologies)

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Changing expectation of enterprise from new comer

8 months back, I got a chance to talk to some of the leaders of Indian industries with presence at eastern part of India. Obviously our meeting with them was in the context of knowing their view on the skills expected from the new comers to be a potential candidate for those enterprises. We took the liberty of conducting a survey with them on the context mentioned above. Some important findings from that session is summarized below
  • Enterprises strongly felt that the new entrant need to have business understanding to really be able to bring value to them
  • They no longer expect the candidates to be only aware about one technology or programming language rather they want them to have a broader understanding of application of technologies to business context. As Mr. Pant points out “We have to spend a lot of effort to make our developers, new comers, to really understand the business needs. To bridge this we have to apply layers of hierarchy and roles to make sure that the IT solutions are released – which is driving the development cost quite high. We definitely need new comers to be business aware. If the candidate is aware about our business then it’s great. But we believe that if they are aware about any business then they can very easily absorb ours- its that bent of mind which is key.
  • Most enterprise expected the new comer to be communicative, and there absolutely is no change in expectations. As one leader points out” Yes, the change is that no longer only having good communication skill is enough. We assume that to be given. We expect them to have all round knowledge of business& technology”.

After a nice dinner at Mayfare we came out thinking as to how we convey this to potential candidates. We saw the point they wanted to convey us and we created a task for us..

-  Sujata ( Sales representative & market researcher)