According to a recent survey of UK senior IT professionals commissioned by Esteem Systems, almost 60% of businesses would consider outsourcing the management of their storage due to a gap in skill sets. The survey reveals that rather than looking to recruit specialist IT storage staff to fill this skills gap, businesses and organisations will look to invest in IT managed services instead.
The gap in skills has largely emerged due to budget cuts over the last few years in response to the current economic climate. Although the UK economy has recently avoided a triple dip recession, businesses are still understandably cautious of recruiting to replace the skills that have been lost.
It is clear that the growth of data is an on-going challenge for many companies and trends suggest that there is no evidence of this growth decreasing in coming years. The survey results suggest that businesses feel a managed service is a more flexible solution at this time.
Alastair Kitching, Group Sales and Marketing Director at Esteem Systems commented, “Making a commitment to recruit qualified people with an advanced knowledge of storage can be an issue for some companies. Businesses are still wary when it comes to investing in recruitment due to the UK’s economy and instead are keen to focus their investments on the company’s key skills. In the survey, almost 60% of companies were keen to consider a managed service approach to help fill that skills gap, allowing them to make better IT decisions and leaving storage management to others.
Over the last 5 years data has been a large growth area within the IT infrastructure market and indications are it will continue to prove challenging for many businesses in the future. However, we are now seeing more businesses reach out to buy-in that expertise and invest in managed services allowing them to concentrate on their core business competences."
Article published: 31/07/2013