Builders want open supply expertise, as a brand new survey by IBM and O’Reilly exhibits

A recent survey commissioned by IBM and conducted by O’Reilly shows that open source skills are required in the competitive hybrid cloud development space.

Front: IT solutions for hybrid cloud implementation on a corporate scale are now often based on an open source backbone. Unfortunately, an overwhelming majority of hiring managers report having difficulty finding talent with complementary open source skills.

This is good news for those looking to enter or re-enter the job market with a view to the future, as long as they are willing to learn open source solutions.

The hybrid cloud-based technology underpins almost every important company network. According to the O’Reilly survey, those with open source skills will eventually take precedence over those with proprietary development skills – if they haven’t already.

According to the survey:

Modern software architects and developers should be aware of both open source trends and cloud offerings. In the long run, knowing the most basic open source projects will bring significant benefits to employment growth and other professional activities.

Other important findings according to the IBM blog post:

  • Open source software (OSS) was rated equal to or better than proprietary software by 94% of those questioned.
  • When choosing cloud providers, 70% of respondents prefer an open source provider.
  • 65% of respondents preferred skills related to the underlying open source technologies (such as Linux, Kubernetes or Istio), while 36% preferred skills related to a specific cloud platform (e.g. AWS, Azure or Google).
  • 65% of respondents totally agree that contributions to open source projects impress potential employers and lead to better career opportunities.

Take quickly: We recently spoke with Kelly Hartman, vice president of ecosystem and business development at IBM Red Hat Marketplace, to discuss the company’s rapidly changing IT landscape. They explained that cloud providers and their partners need to develop and integrate methods with which companies that operate hybrid models can use both internal and external data sources in an efficient and agile manner. This is where integrated open source solutions come into play.

For example, Hartman explained that formatting and integration issues can be a major headache for simple tasks like using publicly available data in a machine learning system:

The data is out there. It’s publicly available. We bring it into your applications.

While the Red Hat Marketplace is a one-stop shop for IBM partners looking to develop their own hybrid cloud ecosystem, the overall development community seems to think that the way forward is better open source knowledge.

You can view the O’Reilly poll here.

Published on February 9, 2021 – 17:17 UTC

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