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Thursday, 07 January 2016 14:49

The majority of UK organisations feel they lack the skills to manage hybrid IT

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A new survey finds the digital skills gap is set to get worse in 2016 as organisations run multiple IT environments and add levels of IT complexity that they aren’t confident enough to deal with

New research from Sungard Availability Services finds that organisations are struggling to control their increasingly complex IT environments with the majority (83%) of UK organisations indicating a shortage of several of the skills essential for managing a hybrid IT environment successfully.

IT security is the biggest concern for businesses, with 38% of organisations reporting they lack the necessary skills to deal with security issues, followed by worries over integration and interoperability (27%) integrating private cloud environments into their IT estate, and in joint third place were problems integrating public clouds (22%) and difficulties in managing different IT systems across separate business departments (22%).

The issue is present at even the most fundamental level in hybrid IT, with a fifth of respondents having experienced a shortage of the right skill sets needed to run different applications and environments, with more than one in ten (13%) organisations needing to expand their IT team to cope.

While there’s a fear of the move to hybrid IT, most organisations (77%) realise that it is a necessary part of staying competitive within their industry, and nearly three-quarters (74%) of organisations claim they are willing to invest to ensure they have the correct levels of skill sets within their organisation to successfully run their hybrid IT estate.

Commenting on the findings, Keith Tilley, Executive Vice President, Global Sales & Customer Services Management at Sungard Availability Services, said: “Investment in hybrid IT is a critical part of any modern enterprise’s journey towards cloud computing. While it offers a stepping stone towards a longer-term IT strategy, it should not be dismissed as a stop-gap or temporary fix. Legacy applications make Hybrid IT a necessary transition in the adoption of cloud services.

“Hybrid IT is here to stay – two-thirds of organisations believe they will always operate a hybrid IT estate – so in 2016 organisations, and employees, should be ready to re-valuate the skills, expertise and attributes they think will be valuable for the future.”

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