Jun 14, 2023 | News

In a recent IoT workshop organised by AIOTI and LEADS, industry experts emphasised the increasing demand for skills in cloud computing and IoT. The event brought together professionals from various sectors to discuss market scenarios and the importance of skills development in the rapidly evolving digital landscape.

Nuria De Lama, Workpackage Leader of LEADS, expressed gratitude to AIOTI for their support in organising the workshop and stressed the value of gathering input from experts and members of the IoT community.

Brendan Rowan, Lead Project Coordinator of LEADS, shed light on the market trends and challenges in developing ADS. He highlighted the need to address the skills gap in order to meet the European Commission’s goal of producing 20 million additional ICT specialists across the EU. Brendan emphasised that talent shortage is a significant bottleneck for technical adoption, especially in emerging fields such as cloud and edge computing.

Brendan discussed the project’s focus on modelling market scenarios based on input from the development community. LEADS aims to produce a comprehensive paper, collaborating with AIOTI and consolidating key findings and predictions for future demand. He highlighted the importance of a tech-first approach and the identification of skills pockets within the IoT domain.

The discussion also emphasised the implications of cloud computing and IoT on the skills landscape. Cloud migration is an ongoing process for many European companies, indicating continued demand for cloud-related skills. Moreover, IoT skills related to analytics, application orchestration, and IT architectures are expected to increase demand. Specific industries such as transportation and logistics, banking, and healthcare are projected to exhibit significant growth in IoT skill requirements.

The LEADS project utilises spending guides and trackers from IDC to quantitatively link use cases with the demand for skills. By understanding the deployment of technologies and their impact on different industries, LEADS aims to provide accurate figures and updates on the demand for advanced digital skills.

The interactive sessions at the workshop allowed participants to contribute their views on use cases and their relationship with various technologies. This exercise aids in refining the model and enhancing the accuracy of future demand predictions. The workshop concluded with a call to action, encouraging stakeholders to collaborate and address the skills gap to ensure successful digital transformation.

Overall, the workshop highlighted the critical need for skilled professionals in cloud computing and IoT analytics, providing valuable insights for industry players to develop effective strategies and bridge the talent gap in the digital era.