Canonical: Businesses are struggling to hire IoT talent


Businesses are struggling to recruit skilled Internet of Things (IoT) developers, which could be slowing the deployment of enterprise IoT solutions. In a report from Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu OS, 68 percent of IoT professions say they struggle to recruit employees with the right IoT experience. Data analytics and big data skills are the most sought after, but 35 percent of professionals struggle to find an employee with that skill set. See Also: Four big trends pointing to a boom in healthcare IoT 75 percent of professionals surveyed said data analytics and big data were key skills…Read More

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Businesses struggle to recruit IoT talent, says Canonical

Businesses still struggle when recruiting talent for IoT, says Canonical

Businesses are struggling to recruit employees with the skills needed to make a success of IoT, according to Canonical, creator of the IoT operating system, Ubuntu Core.

The company’s report, Defining IoT Business Models, for which 360 IoT professionals, developers and vendors were surveyed, found that 68 percent struggle to identify and hire employees with relevant IoT expertise.

The most difficult to hire are employees with knowledge of big data and analytics, with 35 percent of IoT professionals saying they struggle to recruit this skillset. This is problematic, because having a knowledge of big data and analytics is also identified as the most important skillset for IoT professionals, with 75 percent of respondents deeming it to be necessary attribute for anyone claiming to be an IoT expert.

The next most hard-to-find skillsets for IoT professionals are knowledge of embedded software development (33 percent), embedded electronics (32 percent), expertise in IT security (31 percent) and an understanding of artificial intelligence (30 percent).

Read more: Inmarsat research: Skills gap threatens IoT innovation in energy sector

Canonical: Train and retain

Explaining the findings of the study, Mike Bell, executive vice president of IoT and devices at Canonical, told Internet of Business that, since the IT skills gap has posed a challenge for years, the industry is “bombarded with guidance on how to better hire, train and retain talent.”

“What our research uncovered, though, is that there is an opportunity in the Internet of Things arena for companies to take a different approach entirely: to change their practices in a way that would reduce their need for scarcely-available talent, and make the job at hand achievable with the team they have,” he continued.

“Instead of chasing a shrinking pool of skilled IoT technicians, or waiting for the next generation of talent that may or may not arrive, companies can simplify the technologies behind their IoT implementations to make their deployments easier to build, manage and upgrade. That enables greater agility, reduces the hiring burden on companies, and accelerates their ability to derive real returns on their IoT investments.”

Read more: IoT held back by skills gap, say a third of execs

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Canonical argues IoT monetisation bigger challenge than security for professionals

You can try and clue up on the Internet of Things (IoT), read all the articles and go to all the meetings. But the question remains: can we make money on this?

According to a new study from Canonical, the company behind Linux operating system Ubuntu, more than half (53%) of industry professionals say quantifying return on investment (ROI) was their biggest immediate challenge. This was followed by device security and privacy, cited by 45% of those polled, and lack of IoT infrastructure, cited by 40%.

More than a third (34%) of respondents, comprising developers, vendors and enterprise users, added that ‘quantifying the business benefits’ of the IoT should be the primary goal to encourage greater adoption. A quarter (24%) argued an improved understanding of the technology’s benefits was key, while 17% opted for improved security.

Given monetising the IoT was seen as the biggest issue, the report delved into various routes for achieving ROI. Almost four in five (78%) said they would expect to make money through value added services, with hardware rentals (57%), one off hardware fees (55%), ongoing software and security fees (55%) and consultancy and deployment (54%) all much of a muchness below.

One other method considered by the report is an IoT app store, or an ‘app store for things’. Organisations can theoretically offer add-ons to existed connected devices, tying in to the 55% who said they wanted to make money through ongoing software fees.

“In a world where every connected device generates data, the opportunities for monetising this data are limited only by your access and your imagination,” the report notes. “We’re likely to see a number of until now unpredicted methods of monetisation emerge as the industry develops further.”

You can read the full report here.

Postscript: As part of its research, Canonical used Meltwater, a monitoring tool, to scrape a year’s worth of news and found more than 23,000 English language articles had been published on IoT security between June 2016 and 2017. This publication is responsible for 94 and counting. Latest from the homepage