IT skills shortages risk holding back UK businesses, warns Annodata
August 2, 2016
2nd August 2016
Cloud and managed services critical for easing ongoing IT skills shortages
Businesses will need to accelerate their moves to cloud and managed services if they are to weather the ongoing IT skills crisis and remain competitive in post-Brexit Britain, according to Managed Service Provider Annodata.
The latest research from Harvey Nash has found that the proportion of IT leaders reporting a technology skills shortage has risen to the highest level since the last recession in 2008. Almost two-third (65 per cent) of the CIOs questioned reported that a technology skills shortage was preventing them from keeping up with the pace of change, up from 59 per cent in 2015.
Many in the industry believe that the skills shortage may yet get worse, with analyst house Forrester recently predicting that UK firms will find it more difficult to attract talent following the country’s vote to leave the European Union.
Commenting on the skills shortage facing UK businesses, Rod Tonna-Barthet, CEO of Annodata, said: “It is difficult to know precisely what impact Brexit will have on the UK’s technology talent market, though there’s a good chance the skills shortage will get worse before it gets better. Businesses will need to look at their hiring practices to make sure that they are as insulated as possible and prevent this uncertainty from holding them back. That means focusing their internal resources where they can add the most value. This has arguably always been the case, but ongoing changes in the market have thrown this into even sharper relief.
“Issues affecting talent need to remain at the forefront of CIOs’ minds to ensure that they are best prepared for the challenges ahead. Cloud in itself isn’t going to solve the skills shortage but it can free up time, energy and resources to focus on what really matters – running the business, “Tonna-Barthet continued. “CIOs should be focusing their efforts on skilled members of staff who can support their core business objectives, and outsourcing more mundane operational tasks, like infrastructure management, to trusted third parties.
“There is a fine line to be struck between acquiring in-house expertise and partnering for IT needs and specific expertise. The balancing act is the trade-off between long-term provision and short-term demand. It is clear that there are great gains to be had for businesses establishing partnerships with multi-skilled IT providers, whose services can flex and evolve in line with the changing needs of the organisation. The correct balance will allow businesses to react to the changing pace and business requirements of today’s market,” Tonna-Barthet concluded.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Founded in 1988, Annodata is a national managed services provider specialising in the efficient flow of information using the most effective types of communication. The company brings together a range of specialist services including managed print services, unified communications, document management and software, mobile telephony, communication services and cloud hosting services.
With clients in the private and public sector, its team of specialists understand the needs of small and large organisations in all sectors and can help re-design business processes in-house or through a fully managed service.
The company has long-standing relationships with leading global enterprises including 02, Avaya, Kyocera, HP, Mitel and Ricoh giving businesses access to the latest technologies, future-proofing the enterprise.
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