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IMC Institute focuses on four emerging IT trends

THE ENTERPRISE IT trends of this year are cloud computing, bring your own device, big data and service-oriented architecture, according to IMC Institute, a local information-technology research house.

These four technologies are influencing the IT landscape for business and their competitive advantages, while there are limited people with skills in these areas, executive director Thanachart Numnonda said yesterday.

The institute this year will focus on two new services in these four areas - "train the trainer" workshops and IT consulting services - with the aim to accelerate IT adoption by enterprises and to help develop more IT professionals. It aims to graduate 60 trainers this year.

"Established for three years, the institute has provided its three core services of training, business matching and market research. The two new services will help address the problem of IT [human] resource shortages and assist enterprises to invest wisely in IT with these four emerging technologies.

"We have trained 1,400 IT professionals. This year we aim to train 600 more across technology skills, including the four emerging areas," he said.

The institute will provide IT consulting services through collaboration with global partners such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, ITpreneurs, the Cloud Credential Council, Cloud Technology Associate, and SOASchool.com.

"'Train the trainers' will focus on increasing capability in the four emerging technologies among IT professors in academic institutions throughout the country. We train them and give them certificates issued by our global partners with the aim to get them to train a lot more IT people later," Thanachart said.

According to International Data Corporation, public and private IT cloud services will generate nearly 14 million jobs worldwide from 2011-15, while Gartner, another technology researcher, predicts that by next year, big data will demand 4.4 million jobs globally, but only one-third of them will be filled, he said.

Citing KBank Research, he said Thailand required 4,000-5,000 IT professionals in these four areas but there are fewer than 1,000. The software industry as a whole has about 30,000 people. That is not enough to make Thailand a competitive player among Asean countries.

"By next year, we will see more IT professionals from abroad coming to work for enterprises in Thailand and we will see more Thai enterprises investing in these four areas of technology through services provided by global companies rather than local companies," he said.

Local enterprises spend Bt2 billion to Bt3 billion per year on cloud computing, Thanachart said.


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