A new survey from TEKsystems, a provider of IT staffing services and solutions, has found that business intelligence, cloud and security will be the biggest impact areas in IT next year. And while a data scientists category wasn’t broken out in the study, its the hottest thing going on out there, said Jason Hayman, TEKsystems market research manager.
“Big Data is not very well defined what it is, but the value it can bring to large enterprises is huge. Even smaller organizations… need to find a way to take advantage of that information,” he said. “I think that’s why business intelligence was rated as the biggest trend having an impact on organizations next year.”
Just how big the Big Data market is, and how fast it is growing, is subject to debate, but finding the right people to take advantage of it will be a huge problem, warned Gartner. “By 2015, 4.4 million IT jobs globally will be created to support big data, generating 1.9 million IT jobs in the United States,” said Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president at Gartner and global head of Research. “In addition, every big data-related role in the U.S. will create employment for three people outside of IT, so over the next four years a total of 6 million jobs in the U.S. will be generated by the information economy.”
Unfortunately most of these jobs will not be filled. There is not enough talent in the industry, he said. “Therefore, only one-third of the IT jobs will be filled. Data experts will be a scarce, valuable commodity.”
Another area that wasn’t a focus of the TEKsystems study, but is a big concern is virtualization, said Hayman. “From an internal perspective, we’re constantly hearing from customers pain points, and virtualization is one of them.”
However virtualization ties into cloud, which was a top issue in the study, he said. “People are still unsure about the cloud. They know it’s out there, but they need to get their heads around it so they can make sound business decisions.”
In addition to being one of the top three trends going into next year, more than 58% of IT leaders expected the trend towards cloud-based and “as-a-service” offerings to drive an increase in demand for IT skills, while less than 15% expected it to decrease. While 40% said developers, engineers, project managers and security experts would get pay raises, more than 30% believed business analysts, architects, analytic experts and cloud experts could expect salary increases.
Other findings included: 48% expect an increase in their organizations IT budget, while 51% expect it to remain the same (27%), decline (16%) or didn’t know (9%); in ranking the top challenges, “acquiring necessary budgets” ranked first, followed by “attracting, retaining and developing top talent” and “improving IT performance/efficiency”; and, 49% expected spending growth in IT Applications Services and 47% in IT Infrastructure Services.