This month, an article was published in Quartz revealing new insight into the world of IT staffing. Shocking statistics regarding college grads, computing jobs, and the future of IT got us thinking about the IT resources gap, and how organizations can combat the lack of comp sci. grads and still be successful in today’s ever-growing IT and business market.
The article in discussion, published in Quartz, reported that there are almost ten times more computing jobs open right now than there were students who graduated with computer science degrees in 2015. Let’s break that down: in 2015, there were about 60,000 young adults graduating with Computer and Information Services degrees, and about 530,000 computing jobs currently open, meaning these new grads will only fill a little over 10% of the open IT positions. The article also cited government predictions that by 2020, there would be 1.4 million of these type jobs available, but only about 400,000 computer science graduates.
In recent years, developments in computing economics have resulted in the geometric growth of both computing resources and the availability of newer, better, and less expensive applications. In order to remain competitive in the market, organizational requirements are pushing businesses to more quickly deploy both new applications, and changes to their existing applications. Organizations are seeing the amount of computing resources available continue to grow, and the requirements of business and IT continue to change—all while struggling with the inability of IT staffing to keep up. The difference between the number of computing resources available and the available IT staff to manage those resources--as demonstrated by the fraction of comp. sci. college grads--has resulted in an IT Resources Gap.
In order to stay competitive and adapt to the IT Resources Gap, organizations are looking to automation--but the right IT automation solution to solve this problem can be hard to find. To bridge the ever-growing IT resources gap, an IT automation solution should be strong in 3 major areas:
- The solution needs to have a powerful and scalable automation engine
- The solution must have a rich content library of automated integrations
- The solution needs to provide intuitive workflow design and assembly