Skip to main content

Digital Transformation Developer Skills Gap Assessment

Most savvy CEOs already know it requires accomplished talent to lead a digital transformation agenda. The execution of the key strategies often results in the development of software capabilities. That said, finding and retaining the qualified technical talent is likely to be one of the big challenges facing business leaders.

We're in the early stages of a software developer skills shortage, according the the latest Cloud Foundry global perception study. The majority of their survey respondents say there's a looming shortage of skilled developers. Most already feel the impact. They're having difficulty hiring and retaining technical staff.


Key Findings from the study include:

  • The majority (64%) of IT professionals and business executives agree that the developer shortage is a real threat to progress.
  • Most respondents (57%) state that this shortage has already impacted their ability to hire skilled people. The developer shortage is most acutely felt by companies just beginning to take advantage of the cloud or starting digital transformation -- the "early majority" or "pragmatists" (51%).
  • Those companies further along the journey -- the “early adopters” or “visionaries” who are out front on cloud technology adoption -- are less likely to feel the impact of the developer shortage (32%).
  • Companies are prioritizing specialized skills. Mobile app development, coding in specific languages, and deploying on specific platforms are the most in demand.
  • Fundamental cloud DevOps skills, such as continuous delivery, continuous integration, test-driven development and 12-factor application architecture, are currently in lesser demand.
  • As companies move further along their cloud journey, however, their demand for these fundamental DevOps related skills increases.
  • Companies are predominantly choosing to train their existing staff over hiring or outsourcing.
  • Leveraging a broad array of techniques, companies use training to ensure their workforce is able to keep up-to-date on ever-changing technologies.

This research highlights that today the developer skills shortage is very real, and will be more acute in the coming months and years. With the near-term focus on immediate problems -- such as mobile application development -- many organizations can't easily take advantage of the benefits from cloud technologies.

Meanwhile, the evolving demand for DevOps practices has created an opportunity for IT vendors that are capable of offering cloud computing training and associated professional services, to assist client organizations in filling their assessed skills gap.

The study, conducted in the third quarter of 2016, investigated whether there is a shortage of developers with cloud skills; which specific skills are lacking in the modern enterprise; and how companies are addressing this gap. The resulting Cloud Foundry report details the current state of cloud skills availability worldwide.

Popular posts from this blog

Artificial Intelligence Growth at an Inflection Point

Business technology investment no longer follows a predictable path to growth. The global venture capital (VC) investment in artificial intelligence (AI) was close to its peak in 2021 reaching $22.3 billion, according to the latest worldwide market study by ABI Research. This is just $400 million shy of the historical high of $22.7 billion recorded in 2019. Compared to the $15 billion recorded in 2020, the market made a remarkable recovery, with a 48.5 percent year-on-year growth. Will the future AI marketplace return to stable growth, or will it remain volatile? Artificial Intelligence Market Development "COVID-19 greatly accelerated the speed of digital transformation within the enterprise. Businesses are looking for solutions to work processes automation, customer care, due diligence, transcription and translation, and sales and marketing enablement tools," said Lian Jye Su, research director at ABI Research . At the same time, COVID-19 led to the Great Resignation of 2021

How a Digital-First CEO Leads Transformation

Some leaders reject the notion that "wait and see" is the best response to disruptive change. Savvy senior executives are already driving digital business transformation throughout their organization in an effort to gain a bold strategic advantage. According to the latest market study by International Data Corp (IDC), Digital-First CEOs plan to drive at least half of their income from digital business products, services, and experiences by 2027 -- that's ahead of the market average of 39 percent. Driven by their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, these business leaders have changed how they think about the relationship between business and technology, and how they approach the next digital transformation era -- from scaling digital technology to guiding a viable digital business. Digital Business Market Development IDC defines digital business as value creation based on technology, which entails: 1) Automated customer-facing processes and internal operations; 2) Provision

Digital Solutions for Industrial & Manufacturing Firms

Executive leaders of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) are seeking guidance on how to apply new business technology in their manufacturing operations. CIOs and CTOs are tasked with gaining insight into the best solutions for digital transformation. ABI Research evaluated the impact politics, regulation, the economy, supply chain, ESG, and technology are having on FMCG, pharma, producers of steel, chemicals, pulp and paper -- as well as the mining and oil & gas sectors. Digital Transformation Market Development "Our assessment found that the FMCG sector is under pressure from all sides," says Michael Larner, industrial & manufacturing research director at ABI Research . Securing raw materials is challenging considering lockdowns in China and limited grain supplies from Ukraine. Supply shocks are raising input costs, and operating costs are rising with higher energy costs coupled with the pressure to pay higher wages and work sustainably. "We all hoped that with th