Cloud skills are so hard to find in the marketplace that many firms are training existing staff instead.
That's one of the themes to come out of Computing's Cloud and Infrastructure Summit held recently in central London.
David Stanley, head of platform delivery at the Trainline, explained that finding people with the right skills has been difficult.
"Trying to hire good sysadmins and developers is painful. Skills is a big problem. It's just very hard to find people with the right background and experience because there are a limited number of tech companies that do what we do," he said.
"So we try to hire people with the right attitude, then put them in teams with the right skills."
Stanley added that his organisation sent 150 staff on an AWS course across five months in an effort to train existing employees since the market was unable to supply new candidates with the right skills.
Simon Hazlitt, co-founder and relationship manager at financial services firm Majedie Asset Management, had similar problems.
"We didn't hire anyone. In financial services, you tend to find people who are immensely capable with numbers, so they're typically very good with Excel," he said.
Hazlitt explained that people with innate maths skills are excellent at spotting patterns, and perform better than the average IT person when it comes to gleaning meaning from data.
"A tech person might be looking for a number between zero and 10, but an experienced person will know it has to be seven, then eight next week, and three and a half the week after, because they understand the processes that sit beneath," he said.
"People need to understand the significance of the information that's presented to them as that makes for a more rapid development path."
Martin King, co-founder of education services provider InspireNshare, also had to rely on in-house staff to deliver on his cloud strategy.
"We had to support our cloud move in-house. And our staff were keen because they wanted to acquire that skill. For us, cloud development is not that demanding as we can use APIs and common languages to lighten the workload," he explained.
Another theme at the event was that a mix of cloud environments is popular as a strategy, rather than going exclusively into public or private set-ups.
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