A smart way to close the competence gap
To illustrate one of our industry’s toughest challenges, we at Nodinite has looked upon the Swedish labour market for IT. Today, with a growing number, 7% of 5 million employees are occupied in the IT-business. Sweden has the most significant proportion of IT staff employed in the whole of Europe. In Sweden alone in 2024, the IT staff´s demand and supply gap are 70000 employees. A gap of this magnitude is devastating for the business in Sweden.
The market is growing, and the gap is widening. This gap prevents digitisation in sectors like municipals, healthcare and IoT. The situation is similar across the world, with some exceptions. However, the area of Systems Integration is no exception. The market value for Systems Integrations Platforms is growing at a rate of 15 % per year in the coming six years, and we expect that the demand for professional services and tools to grow even faster.
This gap is a true challenge, but then, how can we close the gap?
Let us take a closer look at the area of systems integrations. Here are three actions you can take to close the gap:
1. The continuous recruitment and education of staff are essential but will only become more challenging in the coming years since the expected demand will be far greater than the supply. Looking for recruitment overseas is one solution – at least temporarily and for some tasks.
2. Another promising solution to close the competence gap is to outsource selected IT activities. In Sweden, several organisations continue to outsource IT infrastructure, both the design and operations. The service providers can create economies of scale by providing a streamlined, managed service capability.
Several of Nodinite’s partners offer Managed Sytems Integrations and Application services at a large scale. This managed service helps organisations release skilled IT resources that previously spent a considerable amount of time in various activities related to Systems Integrations, e.g., maintaining legacy integration infrastructure, procurements of new integration technologies, designing and migrating integrations operations with, for example, the service desk and the contingency work. Nodinites´ partners use Nodinite as one tool to centralise all monitoring and logging of all integrations. Also, they can use Nodinite to keep up-to-date documentation of all integrations and systems. With the Knowledge-based articles, the service provider can quickly resolve issues based on extensive experience and best practice.
3. For organisations not willing to outsource their integration work, there are ways to work smarter to save time and reduce quality issues and incidents. Nodinite is an example of a tool that reduces the time spent at IT-departments and, at the same time, it increases the quality of business processes that are dependent on correct, non-interrupted message flows through many systems. Nodinite features function for centralised monitoring and logging. Also, the repository model describes all systems integrations in a graphical view combined with helpful knowledge-based articles.
According to testimonials from customers like Boliden, Regional agencies in Värmland and Halland, Ovako, Derome, using Nodinite can be translated to millions of SEK and/or thousands of person-hours in savings every year.
Sources: Total workforce in IT comes from Eurostat measurement 2019. The gap of 70000 comes from a report of the membership organisation for IT and telecom companies in Sweden, gathering more than 1300 organisation, among them global players like Ericsson, Telia.