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|Australian IT Departments Ill-Equipped to Meet Internet of Things Skill Requirements, According to SolarWinds Survey|
The study explored current level of preparedness for Australian IT departments to meet the complex challenges and opportunities created by the IoT. While nearly 60 percent of respondents said that more or different IT skills will be required as devices and robots become more intelligent, close to three quarters (73 percent) feel the workforce is currently ill-equipped. Insufficient skills was also named as the top barrier to the uptake of IoT technologies (30 percent), with 44 percent of respondents also agreeing that staying current with technology is the number one challenge impacting their work in the next three to five years.
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The Australian IT skills gap is not the only challenge facing IT decision makers; respondents also cited that maintaining security (42 percent) and growing network complexity (38 percent) among the challenges that will most impact their work in the next three to five years.
When exploring challenges specific to the IoT, IT decision makers named network performance to support a growing number of clients and faster internet speeds among their top concerns. With nearly half of Australian IT departments already spending more than 10 hours a month on managing IP addresses (47 percent), the findings suggest more needs to be done to prepare the Australian IT workforce to meet the demands on the IT department accelerated by the IoT.
Joel Dolisy, CIO/CTO,
"As networks become increasingly complex, maintaining visibility and control over those networks and the full application stack becomes more difficult. Network monitoring and management is a critical component of a successful IoT environment and as a result, a necessity for organisations looking to harness the potential of new, smart and interconnected technologies or to manage the new IT reality. Businesses need to arm IT professionals with the skills and capability needed not only to maintain visibility over the growing number of connected devices, but also to pinpoint potential IT infrastructure issues in order to minimise impact to the networks and application performance and keep up with the growing expectations of their company workforce," said Dolisy.
IT decision makers also highlighted several opportunities driven by the IoT including, improved capabilities for remote maintenance (39 percent), security management (32 percent) and the ability to offer high-margin personalised services (27 percent) to stakeholders.
Other Key Findings
"While there is widespread consensus about the transformative potential of the IoT, most organisations are not doing enough to prepare. Businesses need to be ready for more acceleration in additional users and Internet-enabled devices connected to the network as well as the resulting deluge of data and increased demands on bandwidth, security systems, storage, and application performance. By ensuring their IT departments are ready to meet these demands, organisations can usher in new levels of efficiency, productivity and convenience for employees and customers," said Dolisy.
The findings of this report are based on an