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The shortage of tech workers is about to become an even bigger problem for everyone

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The shortage of tech talent that businesses are facing isn’t only about developers and data scientists: companies are struggling to hire workers across the IT sector as a whole, ranging from computing infrastructure to security. 

According to a new report from analyst Gartner, businesses think that talent shortage is the biggest barrier to the adoption of 64% of new technologies. This means that in the majority of cases, IT leaders who want to deploy a new tool to boost business outcomes anticipate that the lack of suitable workers to implement the technology will be problematic at some point. 

Talent availability even overtook implementation costs or security risks as a top barrier to deploying a new technology. 

The issue is particularly prevalent when it comes to adopting IT automation technologies: in 75% of cases, leaders cited talent availability as the main risk factor. But a similar picture comes out across compute infrastructure, platform services, network, security, digital workplace, and storage and database. 

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Although the shortage of talent in tech often focuses on the lack of developers, Yinuo Geng, a researcher at Gartner who led the survey, argues that this points to an even broader problem within the industry. 

“We are looking at technologies that are more about IT infrastructure, networking, cloud or automation,” Geng tells ZDNet. “This is technology that forms the foundation, the basis upon which developers then build. And even in those cases, there is a shortage of workers.” 

Part of the problem can be attributed to a sudden rise in the need for staff that can build and support digital infrastructure in the past 18 months.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced business leaders to radically re-think old ways of working, and in most cases has led to organizations kick-starting digital transformation programs. As countries introduced strict lockdown rules, for example, companies had to switch to remote working, which created a strong need for IT infrastructure that could support a fully virtual workforce. 

Even as the pandemic eases, businesses are now carrying over their digital transformation plans. Gartner’s survey shows that 58% of IT leaders reported either an increase or a plan to increase emerging technology investment through 2021. 

Unsurprisingly, in the context of a global health crisis, much of the focus remains on improving resilience: 63% of respondents in the survey cited resilience as a primary investment driver. 

But business leaders are also investing in multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud technologies to better support the movement of information between physical and virtual locations as their employees adopt new ways of working.  

This in turn is creating a heightened need for infrastructure security, since hybrid work environments are particularly prone to cyberattacks. Between 2020 and 2021, the number of security technologies in deployment rose from 15% to 84% of the technologies evaluated by Gartner; and even a year and a half after the start of the pandemic, the research firm found that 64% of IT leaders still report that they have either increased or are planning to increase investments in security technologies. 

These business transformations require more qualified staff — and it is dawning upon IT leaders that this staff is not available. “Talent availability is the primary risk factor,” says Geng. “IT leaders are recognizing that the shift to remote work that started last years is exacerbating the availability of talent.” 

To make things worse, the huge rise in demand for tech employees has come at a time when there was already a shortage of skills in the workforce.  

“The survey indicates the continuation of a trend we have been seeing for the past few years,” says Geng. “There has been a shift of skills, with a focus on cloud skills or automation skills, and those are particular skills we are seeing scarcity in.” 

Reports abound that highlight the lack of basic skills that are required in the digital age. Research carried out by IDC and Salesforce found that one in six UK workers have either low or no digital skills, while Pluralsight reported that since 2020, remote employees lacked skills involving cloud computing, cybersecurity and data storage in their daily routines.  

“We’ve been tracking both trends in emerging technologies adoption and trends in skills for the last few years, so it’s an interesting point this year where we see a confluence of the fact that the skills gap that we have been noticing has become exacerbated enough that it’s really a concern for technology adoption itself,” says Geng. 

The consequence is that companies are failing to adopt new technologies, or are slower in doing so: Gartner found that of all the IT automation technologies profiled in the survey, only 20% have moved ahead in the adoption cycle since 2020, which Geng links directly to the issue of talent. 

And the analyst argues that those who are unable to secure the appropriate talent will soon find themselves unable to compete against businesses that move faster and deploy new technologies that will improve their outcomes. 

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Geng recommends that IT leaders get better at formalizing the issue, in the form of strategic talent plans that anticipate changes in labor supply and demand to manage the skills gap.  

“In many cases, what happens is you back-fill some roles,” says Geng. “And we’re seeing organizations that are more successful in that area doing forward-filling. They think about where they are going and, therefore, create a plan to see how to develop staff and hire the right people to get there.” 

Equally as important as hiring for new roles will be up-skilling the existing workforce, both with technical capabilities and competencies like learning agility or collaboration. This will equip IT teams with the ability to continuously develop and take up new capabilities, argues Geng, while also providing an opportunity for employees to hone their skills and prepare themselves for the future. 

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Apple to test unvaccinated staff each time they enter office

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Tech giant Apple has announced that from October 24, it will require its unvaccinated corporate employees to get tested for COVID-19 every time they enter office premises.

The new policy will be applicable to all Apple employees who decline to report their vaccination status to the Company.

Apple has also mandated rapid tests once a week for their vaccinated employees as well. However, employees of the Company’s retail stores will be tested for the virus twice a week, as reported by Bloomberg.

The employees of Apple will be provided with rapid testing kits so that they can take a test all on their own. The results will have to be self-reported by the employees via the internal app.

All employees have been asked to report their vaccination status by October 24. In the coming days, they will have to show proof of their vaccination.

The updated policy will be floated by November 1 and Apple has informed its employees of the same via an internal e-mail earlier. The Company hopes to open its offices to staff for at least three days, starting January 2022. However, it has said that it will announce ‘return to office’ for employees a month prior to actually implementing the decision.

The Company has been urging its workforce to get inoculated and had ramped up the optional testing programme.

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Ola Cars to expand workforce by 10,000, begin operations in 100 Indian cities in 12 months

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Expanding into the vehicle commerce business, Ola Cars has revealed its plan to hire 10,000 employees in the coming 12 months. The Company will expand its operations in 100 cities and set up service centres across the country. At the time of the launch of the Company, Ola released a statement saying that it will be starting operations in 30 cities initially.

By foraying into the used cars business, the Company will soon establish itself as a complete mobility solutions provider.

The move is well timed because in five years’ time, the used car market is predicted to grow from the present 3.9 million units annually, to 8.2 million units a year, which is more than double the estimated figures for the new cars market over the same period.

Ola is eyeing $2 billion gross merchandise value (GMV) for its new vehicle commerce platform in the upcoming year. In its first month, the Company is selling pre-owned vehicles in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. It is further planning to start operations in Chandigarh, Jaipur, Kolkata and Indore by the end of this week.

According to Arun Sirdeshmukh, CEO, Ola Cars, the Company has already sold 5,000 cars in its first month of operation, and it is gearing to hire majorly for its sales team and service centres.

The Company will also look to open its platform up for new vehicles from other automotive brands as well. “Ola Cars will begin with pre-owned vehicles, and over time, will open up for new vehicles from Ola Electric and other automotive brands as well,” the Company had said in its initial statement.

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Bitcoin News: IWF kooperiert nun doch mit dem “coolsten” Diktator

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Nachdem El Salvador Bitcoin vor einigen Wochen als offizielles Zahlungsmittel integriert hat, hatte der IWF die Zusammenarbeit mit dem lateinamerikanischen Land infrage gestellt. Nun hat der IWF beschlossen, die Kooperation mit El Salvador doch weiterzuführen.

Aber wie hängen El Salvador, der Internationale Währungsfonds (IWF), Bitcoin und der US-Dollar zusammen?

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Die Zusammenarbeit geht weiter

Auf einer Pressekonferenz erklärte der amtierende Direktor der Abteilung Westliche Hemisphäre des Internationalen Währungsfonds, Nigel Chalk:

„Wir arbeiten aktiv mit der salvadorianischen Regierung zusammen und helfen ihr dabei, einige der Risiken und Nachteile zu durchdenken und zu bewältigen.“

Denn bereits vor der Bitcoin-Adoption hatte der IWF El Salvador vor den möglichen negativen Konsequenzen dieses Schritts gewarnt. Für den IWF sind die Folgen auf die Wirtschaft des Landes durch die Bitcoin-Adoption nicht absehbar und stellen somit ein hohes Risiko dar. Ferner geht es – wie so häufig – um die möglicherweise kriminelle Nutzung der ältesten Kryptowährung. Auf der Pressekonferenz erklärte Chalk, dass man auch in Hinblick auf die Terrorismusbekämpfung einem Risiko ausgesetzt sei. Doch mittlerweile weiß man, dass Bitcoin keine zwangsläufig von Terroristen bevorzugte Währung ist.

Marc Fuchs erklärt:

„Durch die Adaption von Bitcoin hat El Salvador einen Schritt in Richtung Unabhängigkeit zum US-Dollar gemacht. Der IMF könnte mit dieser Unterwanderung unzufrieden sein und gerät somit in einen Interessenkonflikt: Eine dem USD gegenüber rebellische Nation finanziell unterstützen oder auf Opportunitätskosten durch nicht eingenommene Zinsen sitzen bleiben.“



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1,3 Milliarden US-Dollar und ein Diktator

Der Präsident der Zentralbank von El Salvador, Douglas Rodriguez, erläuterte kürzlich, dass es um eine Kreditvereinbarung mit dem IWF in Höhe von 1,3 Milliarden US-Dollar gehe.

„Wir sehen keine Risiken. Vielleicht Aufwärtsrisiken. Bitcoin wird ein Zahlungssystem werden, ein System für finanzielle Inklusion.“

Nicht nur der IWF sieht die Bitcoin-Adoption kritisch, sondern auch einige Bürger. Für den Präsidenten Nayib Bukele sind die kleinen Proteste aber kein Grund zur Sorge. Denn in diesem Retweet rückt er die Größenverhältnisse in ein anderes Licht.

Richter Esli Carrillo erklärt, warum er Teil der Protestbewegung ist:

„Wir sind auf die Straße gegangen, weil wir uns in Richtung Autoritarismus… Diktatur bewegen.“

‘El Dictador más cool del mundo mundial’: The coolest dictator in the world.
Ein Bild von Twitter

Präsident Nayib Bukele beantwortete die Proteste mit einer Veränderung in seiner Twitter-Bio zu „der coolste Diktator der Welt“.

Der coolste Diktator der Welt nutzt aber nicht nur seine Twitter-Reichweite, sondern auch Instagram. Mit den Worten „ein paar Bilder auf Instagram haben eine größere Wirkung als jede Rede in dieser Versammlung“, machte der Politiker ein Selfie auf dem Podium der UN-Generalversammlung im September.



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