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IT Skills - The Never-Ending Challenge

This post was written by Nina Buik, CMO of Connect. 


Technology never stops innovating. Every few months there seems to be a new hot IT trend. As a result, IT professionals are struggling to “stay current” in their field and many companies are unable to source the expertise necessary to capitalize on new technology.


The challenges of today’s IT-skills shortage come as no secret to those of us in the field. However, I think it’s time to revisit this ever-relevant issue. As a long-time member of HP’s user community, Connect’s, leadership team and an HP technology user, I have had an interesting lens through which I see technology trends.

My conversations with engineers, business executives, IT users and developers alike show that there are several parallel shifts in technology that make finding and keeping good IT talent very challenging. In this article from Inc. magazine on “The 5 Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2013,” all positions relate to up and coming technology like mobile, big data and cloud.


We make it our priority at Connect to help members stay abreast of the latest technology and grow their careers through special interest groups and educational opportunities.


Our partnership with HP ExpertONE has strengthened deeply in the last few years.  In fact, I recently spoke with Susan Underhill, HP ExpertOne Vice President, who shared with me compelling new IDC research on IT skills. In their January 2013 paper, Benefits of Training and Certification, IDCshows that IT teams with certified skills spend less time on routine operations and “break/fix” activities – nearly 30% less time in key areas such as data backup and recovery. That leaves more time for innovation and learning in emerging areas such as mobile, big data and cloud. You can learn more here, or download the report from My ExpertOne.


In addition to working with ExpertOne, Connect is also working closely with HP Networking to offer educational resources and networking opportunities to meet the need for talent in the field, particularly Bring your own Device (BYOD). Connect and HP Networking recently launched the Bring It On Tour 2013 in Austin, Texas and will be heading to Tampa, Miami and Seattle.  The Bring It On Tour presents a complete, unified BYOD solution that is simplified, scalable and secure.  “These events are small and interactive to give Connect Users information that is new and innovative as well as educational” said Mike Banic, Vice President of Global Marketing at HP Networking. 


We hope you will take advantage of the many opportunities that HP and Connect offer to help advance your career. We would love to hear your thoughts on how you’ve benefitted from our efforts or how you’d like to see us grow in the future.

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