AUSTIN, Texas, April 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SolarWinds® (NYSE:SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today released the findings of its IT Trends Report 2019: Skills for Public Sector Tech Pros of Tomorrow: Germany, North America, and the U.K. This year’s annual report studies the state of skills and career development for public sector technology professionals—meaning anyone who manages on-premises or public/private cloud infrastructures, hybrid IT environments, or SaaS-based applications, as well as managed service/managed security service providers (MSP/MSSP)—revealing they have one foot grounded in today’s hybrid IT realities while also setting their sights on emerging technology.
Specifically, public sector tech pros have prioritized systems and infrastructure, network management, and hybrid IT skills development in the past 12 months. When it comes to the next three to five years, they are looking to develop skills in areas like cloud and/or hybrid IT and SIEM and/or threat intelligence, while eyeing career paths such as data science and coding. However, without improvement in time and budget constraints, the majority of tech pros (76 percent) say they will be unable to confidently manage future innovations. This reality ultimately puts government agencies at risk of performance losses, making the prioritization of skills and career development for tech pros paramount.
“Recent history has proven that there is a direct correlation between technology and agency performance,” said Joe Kim, executive vice president and global chief technology officer, SolarWinds. “The results of this year’s IT Trends Report highlight that the public sector needs to focus even more on developing these professionals charged with running and pioneering technologies for their agencies. By removing day-to-day barriers, arming technology pros with the right technology and management tools, and prioritizing skills and career development in the IT budget, public sector tech pros can be better equipped for the future and to help with IT modernization initiatives.”
“The findings are also in line with our view that the most critical problem we need to help tech pros solve today is the reality of the hybrid IT landscape—this applies to all tech pros whether on-premises, managing hybrid infrastructures, SaaS-based, or MSPs,” added Kim. “The way SolarWinds has always addressed and will continue to address these realities is through our deep connection to tech pros across the IT infrastructure. We are committed to understanding the needs of our customers and making their jobs easier as business technology continues to evolve.”
2019 Key Findings
The SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2019: Skills for Public Sector Tech Pros of Tomorrow: Germany, North America, and the U.K. explores confidence, current and future skillsets, career development, and barriers to career success to provide a clear understanding of how tech pros and the agencies they serve can improve to better manage future technology realities. Key findings show that:
The majority of public sector technology professionals are not fully confident they have all the skills needed to manage their environments into the near future, especially when it comes to emerging tech.
Tech pros will continue building skills in daily operations with an eye toward areas like data science.
Public sector tech pros say hybrid IT, security, and software-defined everything are the key technologies for career development, which will help achieve higher goals like innovation.
Public sector tech pros have an appetite to prioritize career development on a weekly basis but are hindered by factors like time and cost.
To explore and interact with all of the 2019 findings, please visit the SolarWinds IT Trends Index, a dynamic web experience that presents the study’s findings by region and additional insights into the data, as well as charts, graphs, and socially shareable elements.
The findings of this year’s Federal/Public sector roll up of Germany, North America, and United Kingdom report are based on a survey fielded in December 2018, which yielded responses from 208 technology practitioners, managers, and directors from public-sector organizations in Germany, North America, and United Kingdom. All regions studied in 2019, as reported on the SolarWinds IT Trends Index, were Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, North America, Singapore, and the United Kingdom, with 966 respondents across all geographies combined.
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