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Helped Wanted: Overcoming Cloud’s Talent Shortage

By Elizabeth Clor

The pandemic was a catalyst for many changes, but none as dramatic as the shift to cloud services. Virtually overnight, companies were forced to set up teams to work remotely, which required a strong cloud-based infrastructure. 

More than two years later, many organizations are deciding to keep their workers at home or in hybrid arrangements, which means cloud will continue to be essential. Plus, even outside the context of the pandemic, the cloud provides greater agility and scalability, enhanced data security, lower IT workloads, and cost savings as compared to on-prem solutions. Simply put, cloud isn’t going anywhere. In fact, Gartner predicts that more than 85% of organizations will be cloud-first by 2025. 

While massive cloud growth has made IT talent a hot commodity, qualified candidates are in short supply. According to Deloitte, cloud computing is the most sought-after skill, and not just for software companies. Between 2017 and 2020, job postings for cloud talent increased by 94% across industries. And demand only continues to climb, resulting in a global shortage of professionals. 

But this talent turmoil can foil a company’s ability to operate effectively, halting cloud migrations and jeopardizing effective cloud infrastructure management. Though more than 90% of IT leaders plan to expand their cloud services, 80% say the lack of skills and knowledge is holding them back.

Fortunately, there’s a fix that doesn’t require recruiting talent. 

Eliminating the headaches of migration and management

A third-party partner like Contegix, an Atlassian Platinum Solutions Provider, can provide crucial cloud expertise at a time when experts are in short supply. 

For example, a critical time in the shift to cloud computing is migration. While it’s possible for companies to move their data to the cloud themselves, cloud migrations can be complex—even for seasoned IT teams. A third-party partner with expertise in cloud migration can help companies avoid misconfigurations, which are the most prevalent cloud vulnerability. 

Two out of three cloud breaches could have been prevented if the configurations of apps, databases, and security policies were correct. Experienced partners have completed hundreds of migrations. That provides peace of mind for a seamless and cost-effective transition, reducing the risk of error or unplanned downtime. 

Tapping a trusted partner can also help optimize resources. A third-party partner has the potential to save an enterprise weeks’ worth of work by better leveraging their teams’ time for a faster return on investment. For example, instead of being saddled with cloud maintenance and management, fixing bugs, and installing security patches, an in-house IT team will be freed up to focus on strategic business priorities, such design and development. 

As businesses embrace digital transformation and move into a post-pandemic world, finding a high-performing cloud environment is a critical tool for success. By partnering with an experienced and certified third-party partner like Contegix, organizations can take advantage of all the benefits of cloud—without worrying that the cloud talent shortage will impact their growth and success. 

Learn more about how Contegix can help your organization at a time when the talent shortage is at an all time high.