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A new survey by Cloudreach and AWS sheds light on the challenges of cloud adoption. 70 percent of surveyed IT leaders are concerned with a shortage of cloud skills.

Cloudreach released new data highlighting the latest cloud technology trends. More than 70 percent of surveyed IT leaders internationally saw the skills gap as an urgent concern. More than half of respondents claimed it either slowed them down (46 percent) or posed an existential crisis to the company (9 percent).

The data was published in ‘How to be a Digital Leader in 2022’, an IDC Infobrief commissioned by Cloudreach and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Lack of skill

As more organizations rush to adopt cloud technology to improve efficiency and sustainability, the report shines a light on how the industry needs more skilled professionals than ever to maintain operations.

Business leaders are finding that their cloud transformation initiatives are increasingly hampered by a lack of skilled professionals, with 34 percent of respondents explaining that the shortage has reduced their ability to operate and launch services. 

Low supply of cloud skills is also hitting innovation, causing high staff turnover and wage inflation. Multi-cloud capabilities, cloud system development, and cloud governance were the top three areas most impacted by the skills gap, according to respondents.

International concern

Skills gap concerns remained consistent across cloud organizations in both North America and Europe. The World Economic Forum estimates that by 2025, half of the global workforce will need reskilling, and 97 million new roles will emerge because of digitization. With fewer skilled workers than open jobs, and growing demand on the horizon, cloud organizations will fight to maintain their teams and operations. 

The study revealed other trends in cloud technology, including the essential role it can play in business operations, growth, and sustainability efforts. 48 percent of respondents are now engaged in business transformation through cloud adoption, driving broader changes in organizational thinking. 71 percent of respondents see cloud strategy as the biggest driver of sustainability today, with this percentage rising to 85 percent in 2023.  

 “This research confirms that there is a shortage of cloud talent today, threatening cloud transformation projects that are essential to business survival,” said Brooks Borcherding, CEO of Cloudreach.

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