IT departments ‘lack necessary skills to implement IoT’

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IT chiefs are worried that their departments do not have the appropriate skills or understanding of trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT) or big data.

The report, titled ‘Trends vs Technologies’ and published by networking supplier Cisco and service provider Capita Technology Solutions (CTS), surveyed 125 IT decision makers across different industries, with half of those firms employing 1,000 people or more.

The survey revealed that 70 per cent of IT heads think that the IoT is relevant to their businesses. However, it is being implemented in just 30 per cent of organisations.

A total of 71 per cent of businesses have said that they do not have the skills needed to identify the opportunities offered by the IoT and 74 per cent said they lack the skills necessary to introduce IoT strategies.

The majority of businesses – 80 per cent – say that are not skilled enough to capitalise on any data provided by the IoT.

However, more than half of IT decision makers said that they believed the IoT would be implemented in their industry within the next five years.

It was revealed that just 39 per cent of businesses are implementing big data strategies, even though 90 per cent think it is a relevant trend. Of those surveyed, 66 per cent said that they do not have the skills necessary to implement big data and 69 per cent lack the skills needed to capitalise on data collected.

CTS managing director Adam Jarvis said: “While it is encouraging that levels of awareness around the strategic benefits of those trends are high, these results suggest more needs to be done to support businesses and help them close what is a substantial skills gap.”