February 27, 2020

86% of IT Decision Makers Believe Shortage of Talent Will Slow Down 2020 Cloud Projects

86% of IT Decision Makers Believe Shortage of Talent Will Slow Down 2020 Cloud Projects

IT Talent & Leadership Alignment are Key Issues According to ‘Challenges of Cloud Transformation’ Report by Logicworks

New data released found that94 percent of IT decision makers face barriers to cloud success, with a majority citing a shortage of talent as a top challenge. The survey report from Wakefield Research and Logicworks, a leading cloud migration and managed services provider, highlights why cloud projects tend to slow down, and confirms that non-technical challenges are the most significant roadblock in cloud transformation efforts.

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Most striking from the Challenges of Cloud Transformation report, 86 percent of the 400 surveyed IT decision makers believe that a shortage of qualified engineers will slow down cloud projects in 2020. Nearly 2 in 3 (63%) agreed that it’s harder to find a qualified engineer than it is to find Bigfoot. This talent shortage doesn’t just slow down cloud migration, it also means that engineers are contacted more frequently by recruiters; 77% of IT leaders say staff turnover is disruptive to cloud operations.

In addition to staffing challenges, a lack of strategic alignment on cloud goals is a major roadblock to cloud success. More than 4 in 5 (84%) of IT leaders wish their company’s executives understood more about what IT does, and 76 percent say leadership underestimates the cost and effort of cloud management.

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These results reveal that IT managers are often facing challenges on many fronts. With increasing pressure from staff turnover, compliance mandates, and greater-than-expected effort required for cloud migration, it’s not surprising that 40% of IT leaders plan to hire outside consultants in 2020.

“The exponential innovation and complexity of public cloud platforms and complementary technologies creates a major challenge in attracting, affording, and retaining top engineering talent for organizations of all sizes,” says Kenneth Ziegler, CEO of Logicworks. “For most of our customers, Logicworks’ integrated tooling and automation platforms, combined with our team of highly tenured engineers, create the continuity of cloud care that companies depend on to focus on their core competencies and achieve their desired business outcomes.”

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