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Global skills shortage puts IoT development at risk

Staff Writer |
The latest research from Inmarsat has identified that a significant proportion of global enterprises lack IoT skills risks jeopardising the success of their IoT deployments and the security of their data.

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As part of Inmarsat’s ‘The Future of IoT in Enterprise – 2017’ report, market research specialist Vanson Bourne interviewed 500 senior IT decision makers from major organisations across the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions.

76 percent of those surveyed reported that they needed additional staff at a senior, strategic level with the skills to set the objectives and priorities for IoT deployments.

Additionally, 72 percent of respondents identified a shortage of staff with management-level experience of IoT deployments, and 80 percent lacked skills in the hands-on delivery of IoT solutions, to ensure that the solutions work as intended.

The shortage of staff with IoT-focused skills extends to specific technical disciplines.

60 percent of respondents reported that they required additional staff experienced in cybersecurity to handle the vast quantities of data that IoT solutions generate; 46 percent identified a deficit of staff with experience in analytics and data science; and around half (48 percent) lacked the technical support skills needed to make their IoT projects successful.