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The Top 4 Causes of the Data Center Talent Crisis


If there was ever a time to be a “data geek”, it’s now. In the technology industry, finding individuals with the necessary analytical skills is more challenging than ever.  IT professionals are rare, valuable catches in today’s market, and this talent crisis will only become a deeper issue. New research by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) forecasts a 50 to 60 percent gap between the supply and demand of tech professionals by 2018. (1)

Let’s explore the four main causes of the technology talent crisis companies are facing:

The rate of technological change

If we look back at the last ten years, to say things have changed would be an understatement. We once believed the world around us would remain constant, but technological advancements the way we live at an exponential rate. This rate of technological change has even yielded big ideas such as Moore’s Law, the doubling of computer processing speed every 18 months. (2) With growth evolving this fast, the challenge has been to train individuals at an equally rapid pace.  The sheer speed of advancements prevents tech companies from finding well-trained and experienced candidates.

The skill gap and the modern data center

The skills gap is one of the main challenges tech companies face, which is largely due to the data center environment. The skill gap emerged when the modern data center structure became the complex and expansive IT infrastructure that it is today. (3) The modern data center requires IT professionals to understand multiple disciplines as well as the facility design. This evolving, dynamic data center requires extremely specific skills to deliver performance, availability and security—this environment ultimately yields is under-skilled candidates. Results of a 2009 benchmark study find that the most startling statistic from the study was that at 37% of the organizations, IT executives reported having put projects on hold because of the skills shortage. (1)

The training methods

When it comes to college majors, Computer Sciences, despite the high demand and value, isn’t top choice. (5) Whether technology is fascinating to you or not, there is a stigma and lack of excitement over the inner-workings of industry. These looming myths are not the only challenge to training. When it comes to highly coveted experts, at the tech-architect level for example, there is no well-defined career track to acquire the position. (3) Fortunately, there are different routes to achieve higher levels of skill—requiring candidates to possess a basic set of capabilities.

The move to the cloud

Virtualization has become the first step many organizations are taking in towards moving to the cloud. These initiatives are relatively new ideas and begin with efforts such as using private cloud for some processes to gain the advantages of speed and security, extending into a hybrid cloud if necessary, and migrating certain systems to the public cloud. (3) Because this is a new frontier, it will require new skill sets. It will require skills that don’t even exist yet, which makes finding the right talent all the more challenging. (4)


Finding strong technogloy professionals is a challenge, but stay tuned for part two, as we share some insider information on how to attract that highly prized tech talent.


For more information on this topic – The Top 4 Causes of the Data Center Talent Crisis, please visit the following:

(1) http://spotfire.tibco.com/blog/?p=6886

(2) http://bigthink.com/think-tank/big-idea-technology-grows-exponentially

(3) https://www.wipro.com/documents/the-impending-data-center-talent-crisis-and-how-to-avert-it.pdf

(4) http://www.networkworld.com/article/2274759/virtualization/wanted–virtualization-skills.html

(5) http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/worklife/10/27/cb.what.major.pays/

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What to Consider When Changing Your Jobs

Some people go an entire lifetime without second guessing their career choice. For the other 99% of us, there are uncertainties and considerations that flutter through our minds. Theses thoughts can drift by in an instant, but many know that if you are not pursuing what you love these thoughts never truly leave.  Whether you are switching positions within a company, changing employers, or headed down a different career path, here is what to consider:


Age is just a number.

We’ve all heard it, and many believe in an age limit as to when it stops being acceptable to explore careers. While our experiences can shape who we are, it is inevitable that our interests and perceptions change. For some reason the younger generation is expected to explore, but this doesn’t mean you can’t achieve success at an older age. Ray Kroc spent his career as a milkshake device salesman before buying McDonald’s at age 52. (1) Ronald Reagan was successful as an actor, yet he only became the 40th American President at the age of 70. (2) Great things happen because of the qualities you have and person you are. Anything can be achieved through hard work and perseverance, both of which can be harnessed at any age.



Time is irrelevant.

It is incredibly challenging to write those words and meant it.  We function on full schedules, and our watches measure milliseconds. Of course time is relevant, but by its very nature, it is limitless. If the fear of “running-out-of-time” enters your head, remember time will pass whether or not you decide to pursue a different job. Seizing every moment is a beautiful way to live, and time is hardly the impetus for that. Rather, we live rich lives, because we are passionate and determined.

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” ― Earl Nightingale



Everything is Figure-out-able.

Someone I greatly admire coined the phrase, “Everything is figure-out-able.” If you aren’t familiar with the work of Marie Forleo, do a quick Google search. She has guided many in the areas of interviewing and networking, too. (3) When venturing into a new career, the greatest fear is one of learning new skill sets. But it shouldn’t be. You are not the same person that entered the workforce years ago. You’ve gained an impressive skillsets, an array of wisdom and perspective acquired only through time. This is exceptionally marketable if you are changing careers, and it can help you bypass entry-level statues. (4)


For more on changing careers (What to Consider When Changing Your Job) , please visis the following:

(1) : http://www.businessinsider.com/people-who-became-successful-after-age-40-2014-9?op=1#ixzz3WdfKHfZ1

(2) https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/ronaldreagan

(3) http://www.marieforleo.com/about/the-company/

(4) http://career-advice.monster.com/career-development/changing-careers/career-change-and-the-seasoned-worker/article.aspx

(5) https://winonasearchgroup.com/refresh/templates/blog_entry.php?blog_id=74

(6) https://winonasearchgroup.com/refresh/templates/blog_entry.php?blog_id=77

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