Moving to the Cloud: Overcoming Skill Shortage

While migrating to the cloud provides massive opportunities for many businesses, making a move can be a logistically complex process that requires unique skills and knowledge to ensure technical challenges can be overcome. Unfortunately, finding individuals with cloud expertise is rarely an easy experience due to increased demand. This makes overcoming a skill shortage one of the biggest obstacles that might hinder a business from moving to the cloud. 

A shortage of the right skills may be one of the trickiest parts of a cloud migration to tackle. McAfee released a report saying that a deficiency in cybersecurity skills is one of the main reasons cloud migrations are slowed for around 40% of professionals in IT. If an organization does not have the resources to hire a cloud migration specialist, it may have other solutions available that can be cultivated internally. 

Skill Shortage Challenges 

To establish the tools and skills needed for an organization’s unique requirements for cloud migration, it is essential to know what challenges are likely so they can be preemptively dealt with. Remember, moving to the cloud can be a significant process logistically – no matter what size the organization may be. Overcoming these challenges is only possible with leadership, planning, clearly defined objectives and collaboration in place. With these factors accounted for, any organization can navigate the complexities of cloud migration and a potential skill shortage. 

Start with Internal Training 

An existing IT team will already be familiar with legacy equipment and infrastructures. So, naturally, they will be a valuable asset throughout the cloud migration as long as they are given the tools and resources to succeed. Hiring and onboarding new employees can be a costly process that can be avoided with the appropriate planning and attention to detail; however, the process may not be as simple. IT members should be given regular training and education to keep up with the rapid pace that cloud computing is evolving to provide long-term support. 

Consider Incremental Cloud Adoption 

One other approach that may help develop skills over time is taking an incremental approach to cloud adoption. Not only does this save time and resources, but it helps relieve some of the pressure of cultivating or finding top talent that can address skills shortages that are present. By slowing down the process, the IT team can continue to learn at a designated pace, master the systems as they are implemented, and ensure that the cloud migration remains as successful as possible long-term. 

Examine Third-Party Support 

For organizations that have the allotted budget for it, third-party tools and services are available that can help simplify the cloud migration process and potentially train an existing IT team at the same time. Third-party tools also expand the capabilities available through vendors. New technologies can be deployed on the spot while also freeing up more time for other aspects like application development. Simply put, working with a third party may help reduce the effort, time, and skills needed to manage multi-cloud deployments or get started.

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