This IDC Survey Spotlight presents results from IDC's Global IT Skills Survey, February 2020. The survey spoke with more than 1,100 IT professionals and IT managers.
Across the globe, organizations are challenged to find staff with the skills to deploy and use technology for their digital transformation efforts. This is not just an issue that's impacting the IT department — it's costing the business money and stunting organizations' ability to innovate. Undermining some digital transformation initiatives are IT managers who are reluctant to train and certify their IT professionals out of the mistaken belief that when IT professionals get certified, they want to leave to find a better job.
These findings demonstrate that IT professional are thinking about their career — their current position, a future position, and more pay when they get certified, exactly what IT employers want. IT employees who are motivated to become more valuable to their organization because they have the skills to help the IT organization maximize the value of the enterprise technology investment.
And with the increasing importance of IT to business success, it is increasingly important that IT professionals have the skills to perform their roles.
"Certifying IT professionals is essential to the ongoing success of digital transformation initiatives and, ultimately, the business value of technology investments," Cushing Anderson, IT Education and Skills for Digital Transformation research at IDC.