THE DATA CENTER SKILLS GAP REMAINS CRITICAL Thursday 11 December 2014 PDF Print London, UK – 11 December 2014: Independent research commissioned by Zenium Technology Partners (www.zeniumtechnology.com) has given a clear indication that the skills gap facing the data center sector will continue to be a critical business concern going in to 2015. The research - entitled ‘Motivation to Modernise’ – found that 93% of IT professionals were aware that a growing data center skills gap still exists, and 64% said it will have a detrimental impact on their business within the next 1-2 years. However, despite the rising level of awareness around this issue, just 29% have moved to put measures in place to deal with it and 6% of respondents felt the skills gap was “nothing to worry about”. Perhaps the most telling finding was that those who are more likely to migrate to new facilities owned by their company in the next 5 years were most concerned about the detrimental impact (87%) of the skills gap, whilst those outsourcing to a third party were less troubled (65%). Interestingly, a recent IT Skills Gap study by CompTIA also found that 93% of UK executives rate data center management skills as important whist 40% of UK executives expressed concern about possible skills gaps in that area. “Given the size of the industry, the skills gap is more of a crisis than a minor concern,” said Franek Sodzawiczny, Founder and CEO at Zenium Technology Partners. “Data is driving every business today and the increasing demands for real-time access to it in order to stay competitive means that systems need to be running effectively and efficiently 24x7. Quite simply, you need the very best people supporting these infrastructures as failures can be catastrophic.” “The industry has been talking about the impending doom that the skills gap may inflict on the data center sector for some time now, but not much progress seems to have been made in tackling it head on,” he said. “It’s good news that outsourcing always becomes a more popular business choice when belts are tightened but if operators don’t develop a long term view on how best to manage training and recruitment, they will undoubtedly suffer.” -Ends- About the Research This report was commissioned by Zenium and details quantitative research conducted with IT professionals in large organisations across the UK and Turkey. For this survey, a total of 210 interviews were collected in the UK and Turkey with senior IT professionals across a wide variety of industry sectors and in large organisations with 250 or more employees. All respondents confirmed prior to interview that they were an IT professional with responsibility for the company’s data centers from an operational and / or strategic perspective. They also confirmed their level of seniority: 36% are at CIO / director level and 64% are at senior manager level. The interviews were conducted by Dynamic Markets Limited using an online, global research panel between 31st July and 14th August 2014. Before and during the interviews, respondents were not aware that Zenium had commissioned the research. About Zenium Technology Partners Zenium Technology Partners are data center industry pioneers. In the last 15 years, the Zenium management team has raised over $2Bn in debt and equity and has conceived, designed and delivered over 400,000 square metres of raised floor space, securing over 100 individual customer agreements. The Zenium Data Centers portfolio – which currently comprises the Istanbul One data center in Turkey and Frankfurt One data center in Germany – marks Zenium’s commitment to the development of innovative and ground breaking facilities in both established and emerging markets. For more information please contact: Clare Shephard maillot jaune communications tel: +44 (0)7736 793332 eml: email@example.com This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Maillot Jaune Communications in the following categories: Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, Construction & Property, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.