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Is Your Business Prepared to Negotiate the Hybrid Cloud Skills Gap?



( 26, 2020)--Today's IT specialists are working overtime to garner fast-evolving skills. That's why industry leaders are reaching out to third-party hybrid cloud experts.    

Many business operators consider the hybrid cloud a significant asset. That’s largely because it allows work product to seamlessly move between public and private clouds in a cost-effective and secure fashion. This best-of-both-worlds flexibility offers an uptick in data deployment possibilities. But one of the challenges industry leaders continue to face is that navigating the hybrid cloud calls for particular skills many in-house IT teams have yet to acquire.

In fact, a recent Cloud Complexity Management survey found that nearly 50 percent of upper-management decision-makers indicated working in the cloud was increasingly more complex. And 42 percent of the 504 cloud professionals polled stated that having appropriately trained talent was the best solution to negotiating the cloud. As technology rapidly advances, it’s likely that working in the cloud will prove even more beneficial. Profit-generating improvements, however, are likely to be coupled with the need for additional skills development. In order to overcome the growing skills gap, it’s essential that business leaders answer some crucial questions before attempting to negotiate the hybrid cloud.

Elevate Services Group provides managed IT services in Denver and shares some insights into addressing the cloud skills group.

How Much Time Will You Spend in the Cloud?

Cloud utilization varies between industry sectors and unique outfits. Some organizations see the hybrid cloud as a layover along a journey to a permanent and fully public cloud. Other companies envision the hybrid cloud as a perfect fit for goal achievement. It’s important to conduct high-level discussions between the management team, in-house IT staff, and a third-party expert to determine whether your organization is best served lingering in the hybrid cloud or setting down roots.

Are You Prepared to Make Long-Term Cloud Decisions?

Having management, IT, and a third-party hybrid cloud expert together creates an environment for fruitful discussion. Outfits with in-house technicians can speak to the current state of the technology, and third-party experts generally have the pulse of where the cloud is heading. This gives CEOs and entrepreneurs the definition necessary to make informed decisions.

The bedrock of those decisions calls for determining the company’s needs. As communication and networking become increasingly complicated, specific tasks may be better served to migrate to the public cloud. Others, such as sensitive data, maybe best guarded by heightened cybersecurity of your own network. Although concerns of the public cloud being less-than-secure have been somewhat exaggerated, it’s up to you and your team to bring cybersecurity into the discussion. At the end of the day, how you proceed will be driven by wide-ranging business needs.

Do You Know the Infrastructure Realities?

Hybrid cloud productivity can be streamlined by employing advanced backup tools that underscore an infrastructure that is hyper-converged. In-house IT teams are usually open to the efficiency benefits infrastructure solutions deliver. This tends to be an area where skills gaps also exist. Decision-makers would be well served to consider forward-thinking infrastructure in the context of developing necessary skills. It’s crucial to keep a candid dialogue about skills on the table as you work through hybrid cloud development.

What Are Your Team’s Present Skills?

The wide-ranging skills required to be considered an expert in any sliver of the IT world can be quite humbling. Consummate professionals understand that fast-improving technologies have a ripple effect across the industry in terms of skill development. It goes without saying that no IT team can do it all, and that’s one of the reasons a hybrid skill gap has emerged.

Before diving into the hybrid cloud, it’s worthwhile to take an honest inventory of the in-house team's skills. Then, identify what development is needed to bring your valued employees int the future. Other solutions may be outsourcing to a hybrid cloud specialist or short-term staff augmentation. The point is that once you understand where this journey is going and the skill sets of your team members, you’ll have a clear picture of how to succeed.

According to the Cloud Complexity Management study, 49 percent of industry professionals said that training was the best way to address unexpected complexities, and 32 percent pointed to effective people.

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