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How to avoid the coming productivity slump in IT

keithmacbeath.jpgBy Keith Macbeath, senior principal consultant with HP Software Professional Services


IT is going through a significant transition right now, and it’s creating skills gaps that can potentially have a big effect your organization’s productivity. Cloud, for instance, is driving a huge focus on automation, particularly in the area of operations, and so people who understand this are in demand. And systems of engagement (which I’ve written about previously), mean that enterprises are searching desperately for people who can build, say, Facebook apps. Big data is exploding as a trend in IT, but do you have the resources to exploit it? This shift in skills is happening now, but it’s going to be even more critical over the next few years.


This change in skills is something you need to get out in front of and manage. You don’t want to have to delay projects because you can’t get the skills, or be forced to go outside and spend huge amounts to get them. If you don’t start tracking and managing for skills now, you’ll be limiting your productivity and ability to compete in the future.

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