CA Technologies A/NZ managing director, Bill McMurray, foresees the skills shortage in the IT industry to continue in 2014.
In the area of Big Data, McMurray highlights that highly specialised skills are currently lacking, as well as difficult to find cumulatively within any one organisation.
“Big Data demands a new breed of data scientists and mobility, social, and sensing technologies are predicated on a reset in the design and architecture of applications and user interfaces,” he said.
The forecast by industry experts is that most of the 30 fastest-growing occupations in the next decade will require workers that are skilled in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
However, the problem that McMurray is seeing is the supply of those workers is "not growing fast enough to meet demand."
Understanding the issue
A potential solution for this is investment into tailored programs for different age groups and grade levels.
“Enterprises creating opportunities for youth to excel in STEM will ultimately create a new generation of innovators and leaders,” McMurray said.
By embracing an open approach to community-based development in 2014, McMurray hopes it will also enable companies to take a proactive approach to “understanding and managing this skill shortage.”
In the wake of the “tremendous disruption” caused by the rise of social, mobile and Cloud in organisations, McMurray warns that the skills crisis will only continue to mount if left unchecked.
“Organisations were quick to adopt and significantly invest to see the business benefits promised by these technologies,” he said.
“However, to truly unleash these powerful assets, a dramatic shift in the culture and skill base within the enterprise is required.”
Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.