Did key players on your IT team decide to accept new opportunities this past month? According to a recent Glassdoor survey, January is the most popular month to switch jobs, and a plurality of employees cite boredom or the need for a new challenge as top reasons to leave their employer. As we move into 2017, this can be a huge problem for companies that need to keep highly skilled tech people to drive innovation.
If you’ve spent significant time and money assembling and training a team, the last thing you want is to watch that talent and institutional knowledge walk out the door. How can you keep them on board? For most departing employees, it’s not about the money. Employers have to find a way to provide the challenge and stimulation employees need to stay motivated on the job.
One factor that contributes to the lack of enthusiasm among IT professionals is the use of outdated technology. Many companies are now looking to Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) solutions as a way to overcome the limitations of aging on-premises Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) technology to manage the growing numbers of cloud-based application integrations required in today’s data-driven world. While iPaaS platforms are an improvement over legacy systems in that they can handle cloud integration, iPaaS is not truly a new or innovative approach.
In reality, iPaaS is another version of middleware, offering pre-built connectors and productivity tools to make in-house integration work better than legacy systems. The problem for your IT talent is that these systems still rely on internal resources to handle the not-so-exciting work of completing integrations. Your IT people don’t find the work stimulating, and it’s definitely not the best use of their time.
What companies really need — and what bored IT professionals long for — is a truly revolutionary strategy that not only provides baseline support for cloud integration but also frees IT professionals to work on more strategic projects.
Such strategies address acute data pain points, including:
- Proliferation of applications and the corresponding rise of integration needs.
- Expanding regulatory compliance and risk management demands.
- Increasing reliance on aggregated, quality data for business decision-making.
Company leaders typically recognize these factors as pain points for their organizations, but many miss the fact that trying to address them with outdated IT systems can also represent a burden on IT resources. Trying to address these pain points with decades old middleware or even with today’s newer iPaaS solutions that are gaining traction in the marketplace is like asking your IT professionals to spend their time tediously fixing a problem without the right toolset. This can directly cause a scarcity of IT talent, driving a shortage of integration developers, among other skill sets.
The iPaaS focus on integration productivity and hosting tools can divert IT resources away from critical compliance and data management tasks. Unless organizations adopt a more holistic approach, increasingly complex compliance, data management, and integration demands will soon completely overwhelm and demoralize their IT teams.