Conclusion: Organisations that surpass the tipping point of Cloud migration must ensure the investment in Cloud talent keeps up with the business demands for effective Cloud solutions.

IBRS sees the centre of excellence (CoE) as the most qualified skills base to align business and operational needs, but the CoE is also well placed to identify Cloud skills sources to support upcoming Cloud development opportunities.

At each phase of the Cloud maturity cycle, the CoE is best placed to research and advise the executives and business stakeholders of where new investment should be provided to extend the Cloud talent pool. The resourcing strategy should contain flexibility and agility to support short-term project needs and ultimately more permanent IT operational demands.

Be warned that complacency and market pressures will place your next Cloud migration or Cloud optimisation project at risk if your Cloud skills gap doesn’t have a resolution plan.

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Mark Unwin

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Mark Unwin

Mark Unwin is an IBRS advisor specialising in the areas of commercial contract negotiation and vendor management. Mark has a career spanning 25 years across Government, Defence, ICT, Telecommunications and Infrastructure, and in this time has developed innovative solutions to transition and transformation ICT contracts, including project management, effective negotiation and relationship management. Mark is adept at aligning ICT service providers using the ITIL service delivery model in particular encompassing service desk implementation, asset management, unified communications and collaboration, end-user computing, ERP systems design and implementation, and software deployment and licensing. Mark has negotiated software audits and licensing agreements for Microsoft, Adobe, Veritas, SAP and Oracle. Mark is CPA qualified and has supported CIOs and CFOs to justify ICT investment programs throughout his career.