Smart Cities

The Technology Keeps Evolving – The Skills Gap is Widening

The 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) is taking place, driving us into the Data Age. Just as with steam power, electricity and computing, the impact of this data revolution will be felt across modern society as homes, buildings and workplaces adopt more intelligent, connected devices and systems. Just as with previous technological leaps, the rate of growth for those embracing the change will be heavily dependent on the availability of a workforce with knowledge and skills related to the technology. Today, industries like smart buildings are being held up by a chronic shortage of skilled personnel that threatens the development of the entire sector. Wherever we look the skills shortage appears dire. Survey results from the Business Application Research Center's research into leading Big Data challenges show that access to skills and technical know-how are the most significant impediments to successful project delivery, with over 50% of respondents citing it as a problem. “Know-how” comes from […]

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