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IBM launches new skills program

Surpassing even the economy and globalization, CEOs now cite technology as the largest catalyst of change in their organizations over the next three to five years. Business analytics, mobile, cloud and social business are poised to lead the...


December 13, 2012  


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Surpassing even the economy and globalization, CEOs now cite technology as the largest catalyst of change in their organizations over the next three to five years. Business analytics, mobile, cloud and social business are poised to lead the next business revolution and experience tremendous job growth.

Is the global workforce prepared to handle the demand for workers with skills in advanced technology?

According to the 2012 IBM Tech Trends report published recently by IBM Corp. the answer is dim as only one in 10 organizations surveyed feel they have the technical skills they need. The report also found that more than 60% of professionals and 73% of students and professors feel there is a moderate to major skill gap in business critical technology. Additionally, nearly half of the educators and students surveyed indicated major gaps in their institutions ability to meet IT skill needs.

In an attempt to combat the problem, IBM recently announced an array of programs and resources to help students and IT professionals develop new technology skills and prepare for jobs of the future. The initiatives include new training courses and resources for IT professionals, technology and curriculum materials for educators and expanded programs to directly engage students with real-world business challenges.

“Having a highly skilled workforce is critical to an organization’s ability to innovate, meet client demands and grow,” said Jim Corgel, general manager academic and developer relations, IBM. “In response to the growing IT skill gap, IBM is expanding its skill development programs in key areas such as cyber security, mobile computing and commerce.”

Further information on the report is available at www.ibm.com/developerworks/techtrendsreport.