TECH SUPPLIER Aug 2021 - IDC Survey Spotlight - Doc # AP47763422

What Skills Matter to IT Infrastructure Professionals in Asia/Pacific?

By: James Sivalingam

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This IDC Survey Spotlight examines the IT skills and capabilities that IT professionals and IT managers in Asia/Pacific organizations deem critical to their success. IT training and education has become a significant area of interest for many organizations in Asia/Pacific. Nurturing the necessary talents and workforce to support their rapidly accelerating digital transformation journey has slowly become a strategic imperative for many of these organizations. About 68% of the Asia/Pacific organizations surveyed stated that the lack IT skills has delayed their digital transformation journeys, whereas 72% of them said that the problem delayed the deployment of new hardware and/or software. The finding suggests that technology spending alone is not sufficient when it comes to digital transformation. The investments must complement it with the appropriate training programs.

This IDC Survey Spotlight highlights the findings in IDC's 2021 Global IT Skills Survey, which included 289 Asia/Pacific IT leaders and professionals in the infrastructure segment and examined 74 critical IT skills relevant to them.

"IT training and education has become an imperative for organizations in the age of digital transformation. The recent business disruptions brough upon by the COVID-19 pandemic further underlines the importance of bridging the skills gaps within IT professionals. Ensuring that IT professionals have the right skills to help navigate the changing business and operation models is becoming more critical as more digitally resilient organizations are more likely to not only survive this period of uncertainty but also thrive in it," says James Sivalingam, research manager of IT Services, IDC Asia/Pacific.


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