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Channel partners are much less excited by vendor programs than they were just 2 years ago. Security teams are inundated. The skills needed for digital transformation are scarce. And managing multigenerational workforces is hard for a reason.

These are findings from some of the latest IT research and market analysis. Here’s your tech provider’s update:

Vendor channel programs

Only about three-quarters (77%) of channel partners say vendor programs are important, down from a much higher 94% just 2 years ago, finds market watcher Canalys.

And today nearly 1 in 10 channel partners (9%) say vendor programs are not at all important.

What’s the problem? A lack of consistency and too many changes to the program are the top complaints, cited by 16% of respondents.

That was followed by complexity in achieving certification and specialization, cited by 15%.

The figures come from a survey Canalys conducted last month. The survey received responses from 263 IT channel partners.

Security teams

The average security team at a large organization is inundated with an overwhelming 174,000 alerts a week, of which they have time to review and respond to “only” 12,000.

So finds a new report from security vendor Demistos. It recently sponsored a survey of security professionals working at large organizations, those with at least 500 employees.

Given those alert figures, it’s no surprise that nearly 80% of respondents said their Security Operations Center (SOC) is understaffed.

In part, the survey found, that’s because 1 in 4 SOC workers leave the job in less than 2 years. Yet adequately training a SOC worker takes a full 8 months. Ouch.

Download the full Demisto report: The State of Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR)  2018

Skills for Digital Transformation

There’s a huge gap between the skills today’s organizations need for digital transformation and the skills their employees actually have.

Only 1 in 5 employees (20%) now have the skills needed for both their current role and future career, according to a new report from research and analysis firm Gartner.

That means 80% of employees do not have the skills needed for their current and future roles. And 70% of employees have not mastered the skills they need for their jobs today, Gartner says.

That’s a major issue. More than 2/3 of business leaders believe that if their company does not become significantly digitalized by 2020, it will no longer be competitive.

Sari Wilde, VP of Gartner’s HR practice, says that to remain competitive in an increasingly digital world, “companies must transform the skills of their workforce.”

Managing Multiple Generations

Managing multigenerational workers isn’t easy, finds a new report from trade association CompTIA. The report is based on CompTIA’s recent survey of 1,000 business professionals in the United States.

Nearly two-thirds of millennial respondents (71%) say that the degree to which their employer embraces tech and innovation influences where they work. That compares with 66% among Gen X respondents and 53% of Boomers, CompTIA finds.

Similarly, while over half of millennial respondents (51%) report using online/cloud-based tools for word processing and spreadsheets, only 33% of Boomers do.

The millennial generation is now the largest portion of the U.S. workforce – approximately 35%, or 56 million workers. That compares with some 53 million Gen Xers and 41 million Boomers.

Download the full CompTIA report: Managing the Multigenerational Workforce

 

 

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