As we pause for the close of the year and turn our attentions ahead, we can feel comfort knowing there is at least some certainty: we will continue to face an ever-changing technology environment that moves at lightning speed. A skills gap study by IDC and sponsored by Microsoft [PDF], released today, examines the latest in that trend. The study shows that the cloud is indeed rapidly changing the IT environment by creating prolific career opportunities. It appears we are on the brink of explosive growth and are well positioned to support the technology industry in its need for cloud-ready professionals.
Specifically, the study reveals that across 600 hiring managers, the demand for “cloud-ready” IT workers will grow by 26 percent annually through 2015, which equates to as many as 7 million new cloud-related jobs worldwide. Furthermore, the study reports that IT hiring managers’ primary reason for not filling an existing 1.7 million open cloud-related positions in 2012, was due to lack of job seekers’ experience, training, and certification.
When asked about the study’s findings, IDC Vice President, Cushing Anderson said: “Unlike IT skill shortages in the past, solving this gap is extremely challenging, given that cloud brings a new set of skills which haven’t been needed in the past. There is no one-size-fits-all set of criteria for jobs in cloud computing. Therefore, training and certification is essential for preparing prospective candidates to work in cloud related jobs.”
Over the last several years Microsoft has been preparing for this industry development by creating tools for training and access to certification programs. We created an on-ramp program through Microsoft Virtual Academy. We reinvented our certifications to support cloud-ready professionals, including those entering the IT industry through our Microsoft Technology Associate Certification. Lastly, we understand that IT learning must begin early, so we created the IT Academy to provide critical technology skills to middle school, high school, and college students. We invite you to take a closer look at these new findings and share your feedback.
We wish you and yours health and happiness through this holiday season and into the New Year.
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Interesting and informative. Thank You.