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How Do We Solve the Cloud Computing Skills Gap?

When technology starts progressing, the march can get fast-paced. So much so, people training to be in computer or other technology-related fields may already find themselves behind by the time they're ready to work. One field, in particular, is struggling with finding new people to take on careers in their industry. Considering how expertly operated all things automation and artificial intelligence, or AI, has to be, there is little wonder why people in these jobs can be so hard to find.

In the realm of cloud computing, many engineers will already have a high-demand job as soon as they hit the market. The problem with a high-demand job for employers is the rate of pay and the opportunity to catch a willing new person to add to your employees. Life in the company has to be great, or they'll easily find somewhere else to go. But the issues with finding cloud engineers goes further beyond supply and demand.

Why Are These Industries in Need?

AI and automation are slowly taking over the world. Well, maybe not all aspects of life, but cloud computing is certainly taking over the tech industry. In the industrial world, people knew machines would eventually be able to do their jobs for as long as those jobs existed. These days, machines are finally being put to work to cut down on cost, injury and mistakes. However, keeping these machines in line is becoming more difficult as more engineers are needed.

When looking for people to fill these roles, employers have to find a very niche crowd depending on the systems they operate with. A person who works with one platform will very likely not be able to do computer engineering for just any company. Google and IBM, for existence, need different types of engineers. A few people out there may be able to be multifaceted with their computing experience, but they're few and far between - not to mention, many of them are still in training or need more of it.

A massive problem comes in the form of technology advancing too fast for us to keep up with regulating it. The reason so many different platforms exist is because people were working on projects without first considering how another company was trying to do the same thing. The only important aspect was that they got there first - or at all. This practice has hindered the job market for years to come.

Where Do We Find Skilled Employees?

The sad news is, no one's going to find the employees to fill most of these spaces any time soon. Information Age reports that 30 percent of these high-demand roles won't be filled from now until at least 2022, which can make the gap for better technology to grow larger. Without allowing our tech to grow freely, we'll be stifled to build on what we already have and hope everything lasts us for years to come.

While the gap in years may sound small, this will only grow wider before people will find the jobs and fix the old problems before working on the new. The estimate for revenue lost annually because of this problem is projected to be about $258 million per enterprise, also putting a massive hurt on expanding the economy as it usually would.

Some companies have taken the problem into their own hands. According to an O'Reilly survey, 20 percent of respondents reported a lack of skills as a barrier to their companies' growth. At the same time, 75 percent said their companies are using in-house or external training to teach their current staff about AI and cloud computing. By just teaching the employees who are already with the company, these businesses can get ahead of the market even despite paying out to send employees to school or training.

Some companies are taking their resolutions in a new direction. In the same survey, 45 percent said they're using reinforcement learning on the AI they currently have in place, making good use of the materials they already have. Instead of focusing on the new works, they continue to try making do with the old. While noble and practical, not taking the risk for new skills can hurt their business in the future.

Computer Experts of the Future

Whether the problem is poor leadership or a stubborn idea against advancement, there is a serious lack of skilled professionals in the computing industry. Pre-existing attitudes about technology aren't helping anything to grow into the future, especially big company giants who are the leaders in growth.

With the new generation comes new ideas and more open minds about the world around us, so things will get better as time goes on. The problem is waiting for the time to pass. Until then, we're stuck with what we have because there wasn't any time to prepare. Maybe, now there will be.

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Kayla Matthews is a tech-loving blogger who writes and edits ProductivityBytes.com. Follow her on Twitter @productibytes to read all of her latest posts!
Published Monday, December 10, 2018 7:49 AM by David Marshall
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