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A robust iSMAC driven enterprise environment with emphasis being on seamless delivery of services or products will always be in need of an equally enterprising workforce that can transform with changing demands of work environment and leverage on its skills to drive businesses to newer heights.

Optimistic picture

The above scenario may appear to project too optimistic a picture in a highly dynamic work set up where all the iSMAC elements are assumed to be in perfect harmony. A synergy between Infrastructure Management System, Social Media, Mobility, Analytics, Cloud or iSMAC in both IT and IT-enabled industries is impossible without the support of necessary skills and industry-relevant knowledge. And, here is the rub!

Are enterprises ready?

With the global and India-specific projections pointing to a brighter outlook for iSMAC propelled businesses, the overall scenario looks full of promise. But are the current enterprises and workforces ready to reap dividends and turn the situation to their advantage?

What’s at stake!

However, before we go on to explore if the enterprises and workforce are ready with appropriate infrastructure and skills to grab the opportunities awaiting them, let us first look at what are at stakes for them.

iSMAC: Engine of growth

According to industry analysis, by 2016-17 the total share of IT budget for various iSMAC components are likely to be: Social Media – 3.4%, Mobile Apps and Devices – 5.3%, Analytics – 10% and Cloud services – 9.5%. As per forecast by prominent global market analysis agency – Gartner – SMAC will be the main engine of growth (around 90%) for the IT sector in India by 2017.

iSMAC – The pivot!

Correspondingly, the high growth rate will entail India exporting $15 billion worth SMAC software and services during the same period. By 2020, the IT businesses in India are expected to generate revenue worth $225 billion with iSMAC playing a pivotal role in the growth story again. Add spends to the Infrastructure Management System, it all will add up to an impressive total.

Huge windfall

Translate all the high-revenue figures, iSMAC driven growth projections and you have a huge windfall waiting to happen in India’s fast growing IT eco-system in the next 5 years.

Not yet equipped

This brings us to the next most important question: Is India ready to take advantage of the projected boom, especially its educated but vocationally ill-equipped workforce? The answer at this juncture could be a big; “No”.

Quality skills: Need of the hour

Worryingly, the standard of skills or on a serious note the lack of it has become a major cause of concern among the prospective employers. Major global enterprises feel quality of skills is a major impediment to handing over the responsibility of running various iSMAC driven enterprises.

Demand-supply mismatch!

According to a survey India is currently at an advantage by virtue of its 66% of population in the age category of less than 35 years old. With such a huge workforce around and job openings in both IT and IT-enabled industries, ironically there are not enough well-equipped iSMAC trained professionals to meet the rising demands of the industry.

Industry ready training

Given the scenario, it has become imperative to create an industry-ready skilled workforce to take advantage of the iSMAC driven future growth in the IT and other sectors that are increasingly incorporating IT for efficient running of their respective enterprises. India’s and Asia’s leading IT training institutes like IIHT has taken upon itself the responsibility of imparting industry relevant training to prospective aspirants.

IIHT programmes

Backed by its over two decades of experience in the field, IIHT today offers both diploma and engineering programmes to candidates, preparing them for all the iSMAC enabled industries. Thanks to its global presence and engagement with leading players in the IT sector IIHT’s training curriculum is tailor-made to suit the best interests of the employers and employees.

Talent development

IIHT has today grown into a major player in the field of education with its IT skill gap training curriculum for both students and professionals. The organisation has since spread its wings to cover over 20 countries and 150 centres. Having trained over 10 lakh students in the IT space since 1993, IIHT has been able to uniquely position itself as the ‘Global Pioneer in job-specific talent development’. It’s a responsibility that comes only with experience and understanding the needs of the industry and varied roles of the future players in the sector.