It’s an exciting time for IT professionals in data analytics, data science and cloud computing

artical PictureKrishna Kant, head, EMC Academic Alliance – South Asia and Russia, EMC Corp.In conversation with, Krishna Kant, head, EMC Academic Alliance, South Asia and Russia, EMC Corporation, shares valuable insights on IT recruitment trends for 2013 and things young IT professionals can look out for in the coming year.

What, according to you, were the major pain areas, as far as skill development is concerned, in the areas of data analytics, cloud computing, IT infrastructure in 2013?

Year 2013 witnessed three challenges which remained consistent in almost all the IT organisations, across the globe. First one was around pre-requisite. When you look at cloud IT infrastructure or data science, the kinds of pre-requisites are around good understanding of algorithm, programming skills and knowledge of statistics. To find all these skills in an individual was a big problem in India as well as globally. Currently, organisations are following different formats to address this particular challenge – working with respective IT departments and develop pre-requisites.
Second challenge was around lack of structured curriculum. When it comes to data analytics, cloud computing or IT infrastructure, colleges/universities have their own version of definitions, and create curriculum on the basis of their preset definitions. What this means is, there is no standardisation. Therefore, organisations need to work closely with these colleges, in order to bring a standardised format in all the technologies.
The third pain area was around lack of trainers in organisations as well as universities. Only by addressing all these challenges, the industry can have a better year ahead.

How is the industry addressing the growing skills gap?

The most effective way to address the skills gap is to offer electives in colleges/universities based on the industry requirements; so by the time an engineering student reaches his/her final year, he/she gets the option of choosing a desired elective and thus have a higher chance of getting employed in a particular company.
By following this structure, not only can the colleges ensure better campus hiring, but the companies’ effort in training the young graduates is also reduced significantly. EMC has tied up with 400+ govt. and public institutes and help them to design their curriculum.

Do you consider industry-academia connect the only solution to bridge the skills gap?

I think this is the best way to bridge today’s skills gap. IT organisations are now going back to colleges and helping them to create different study modules, so that when students graduate from these colleges they are automatically more employable than those colleges where coursework is not based on industry requirements. So this is one welcome change in the IT industry.

What kind of roles do we see in demand?

Cloud infrastructure

  • Cloud architect
  • Cloud Admin
  • IT automation engineering
  • Data center management

Service management

  • IT product manager
  • Service operations manager

Application development

  • Cloud application developer
  • Cloud integration architect
  • Mobile application developer


  • Threat intelligence analyst
  • Business security manager
  • Security forensics analyst

Data analytics

  • Data scientist
  • Data platform architect
  • Enterprise data governance manager

There are a number of new designations which have come up in the recent past. These are jobs which did not exist 2-3 years back, but are in huge demand now. Because of the cloud computing, data analytics and data infrastructure and other related technologies, there is a huge impact on the kind of roles that are being currently offered by different organisations.

What recruitment trends were witnessed in 2013? What kind of talent demand-supply can we expect in 2014?

Based on our CIO survey in 2013, data science and cloud management were found to be among their top priorities. They were also of the opinion that fresh engineering graduates must be hired.
According to various industry reports, 100,000 professionals will be required between 2013 and 2015 in cloud alone. In order to meet this growing demand, organisations can either retrain the existing pool of talent of trained graduates from engineering colleges/universities. The demand-supply gap of IT talent will widen further in 2014 with large number of companies looking at data science and data infrastructure as their core processes. This would create a lot of employment opportunities for young skilled professionals.

Besides recruitment trends, what else can we expect in 2014?

One trend that would pick up in the coming year is e-learning. This will allow young professionals to take up courses according to their own time and convenience and will no longer be restricted to classroom learning.



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