Every year IT departments across the country face new and old challenges alike, everything from managing staff budgets to projecting infrastructure needs. However, 2022 is presenting some very specific issues related to tech talent staffing shortages and security. Today, we’ll look at how those obstacles are manifesting themselves and what you can do to successfully navigate them.
- Competition for Talent
Some of the big-names in tech are known for demanding a lot of time and attention from their staffs. Companies like Google and Apple shell out serious salaries in return, but the work-life balance can quickly get tilted. Once an employee becomes burned out, they’re typically replaced with another bright up-and-comer who’s ready for the roller coaster.
However, in 2022, the competition is really heating up, which is why we’re starting to see some unusual decisions from the major players.
Putting people on a conferring schedule that requires them to stay for four years is a sign that the mindset for this year is different than in the past. For smaller companies, the stakes to keep people are even higher. If they don’t have the budget, it would be easy to get priced out of the market entirely.
- Skillset Gaps
The pandemic has caused so much of working life to shift, and the confusion has resulted in a skill gap that companies are finding difficult to bridge. This is happening both internally, in that employers can’t find existing employees with enough expertise, and externally, in that there aren’t people to fill new positions.
Related to the competition for talent challenge, the crux of the skill chasm is that companies won’t have the staff they need to reach long-term goals. Implementing more complex digital transformations can easily take half a decade, and even experienced professionals can struggle with some of the messier details. Considering digital transformation has never been more in-demand than it is now (both for employees and clients), this tech talent gap isn’t sustainable.
More people online mean more cyber-crime, a fact that millions discover every year. Last year saw a rise in hacking as more enterprises began migrating to the cloud. Today, most companies are trying to decide how they can best secure multiple devices, platforms, and applications with one cohesive cyber-security strategy.
As they puzzle out potential strategies, hackers are becoming increasingly organized. They’re pooling resources to extort serious sums from companies and individuals alike. When so many companies are prone to paying ransom demands rather than trying to fight off nefarious individuals and groups, all signs point to increased crime in the future.