IT demonstrates immense opportunities and challenges to adopting trends
Due to the emergence of new mobile devices, the proliferation of cloud computing and other complexities contributing to the "Internet of Things," many enterprises have had to overhaul IT departments to meet new needs and objectives. However, a growing skills gap has left many firms unable to capitalize on the advantages of these IT trends. By leveraging remote dba services, enterprises can support effective database administration and ensure the analytical and operational benefits of these new solutions are realized.
According to research by TechServe Alliance, IT employment has grown 5.1 percent since April 2012 totaling 4,424,200 total jobs as of last month.
"I am pleased to see demand for IT professionals remains very strong," said TechServe Alliance CEO Mark Roberts. "With April's numbers, IT employment has grown for the 17th consecutive month hitting yet another all-time high. IT continues to handily outperform most other sectors with an annual growth rate of more than three times the growth rate of the general workforce."
Meeting new demands
But there are more factors that are driving complications in IT staffing. A Cisco study revealed that as businesses increase the number of new application rollouts, IT organizations face challenges to aligning network strategies to fulfill the requirements of the business. Cisco's research found that while 63 percent of IT professionals are confident in their ability to respond to business needs, almost one-third still cited very limited visibility into the company's initiatives. This lack of understanding has the potential to greatly hinder any possible positive impact from new technology-related projects.
Survey participants ranked cloud readiness (29 percent) as the most important network initiative in the coming year, followed by "converging IT technology and operations technology" (28 percent) and data center consolidation and virtualization (27 percent). When asked about what main factors were slowing new application rollouts, most cited the budget, while 26 percent claimed data center infrastructure readiness was hindering these efforts.
"More than ever, IT has the potential to make a profound impact on the business – and opportunity to act as a strategic partner – by building a network architecture that can leverage multiple technology transitions," said Rob Soderbery, senior vice president and general manager for Cisco Enterprise Networking Group.
By working with a reputable IT services provider, enterprises can ready the network for bring-your-own-device (BYOD), cloud migration and any other trend that can promote a competitive advantage, all without the risk of business interruptions during the deployment process.
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