Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap

Strategies for Cultivating New IT Skills and Transforming to a Services Model

One of the most common roadblocks IT leaders encounter as they modernize their data centers to align more closely with business goals is a gap in the skills and knowledge required for moving to cloud environments and IT-as-a-service models. According to Windows IT Pro’s 2015 IT Skills & Salary Report, one in five IT decision-makers is having difficulty finding skilled talent for cloud initiatives.

The problem is two-fold. First, enterprise demand for IT services has grown so quickly that it is outpacing supply. Second, the shift to agile IT systems and processes requires a vastly different set of skills than IT departments have traditionally favored such as open-source, configuration management, cloud architecture, DevOps, and the ability to align with business initiatives.

So how can IT teams learn new technologies, modernize their infrastructures and implement new operating models to meet enterprise demand in the cloud era? We've outlined four strategies that can help bridge the gap.