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Talent Shortages Are Holding Back Emerging Tech Adoption, Gartner Reports


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IT executives see the talent shortage as the most significant adoption barrier to 64% of emerging technologies, compared with just 4% in 2020, according to Gartner Inc.'s 2021-2023 Emerging Technology Roadmap Survey. A lack of talent availability was cited far more often than other barriers this year, such as implementation cost (29%) or security risk (7%).

Talent availability is cited as a leading factor inhibiting adoption among all six technology domains included in the survey — compute infrastructure and platform services; network; security; digital workplace; IT automation; and storage and database. IT executives cited talent availability as the main adoption risk factor for the majority of IT automation technologies (75%) and nearly half of digital workplace technologies (41%).

"Of all the IT automation technologies profiled in the survey, only 20% of them have moved ahead in the adoption cycle since 2020," says Yinuo Geng, research vice president at Gartner. "The issue of talent is to blame here."

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