Krishna: Tech talent crunch will last a decade: IBM – Times of India


New Delhi: ibm President and CEO Arvind Dark woman has said that the talent shortage in the global technology industry is likely to last for the next decade, and noted that IBM itself is expanding dramatically in India.
“I think every single enterprise, every government customer we talk to, is thirsty for talent, and there is not enough supply. That is because every company, country and government has woken up to the fact that technology is now It’s not a cost of doing business, technology is a fundamental competitive advantage. And so you want technology talent in-house, not just provided from elsewhere,” he said after taking over as IBM chief in April last year. The latter said in a conversation with the media on his first visit to India.
Krishna expects IBM to add thousands to its R&D business in India and thousands to its consulting business. The company does not divide its workforce geographically, but it is estimated to have over 1 lakh employees in India, or at least a third of its global strength. The same may be the case after it recently spun off its managed infrastructure business into a separate company called Kindrill.
Krishna said that IBM has huge centers in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune and a smaller center in Delhi in R&D. “We have just announced the opening of centers in Ahmedabad and Cochin. There will be more,” said the IIT-Kanpur alumnus, who has now spent 30 years at IBM.
Krishna said the only way to tackle the talent shortage is for companies to take the responsibility of skilling people. “Fields like AI, quantum, blockchain, cyber security – it is unlikely that there will be enough talent in the market. Colleges are slow to change their curriculum. So, we take a theoretical physicist and in six months, build them into one Quantity Scientists that will be enough to build use cases,” he said. IBM in India, he said, spends 100% of its CSR funds in skilling.
Krishna has a humble task in front of him to change perceptions about the company, which has been losing revenue since its peak in 2011. He’s shutting down low-margin, low-growth businesses, and focusing on two high-growth areas — hybrid cloud and AI. , He is increasing spending on R&D. He is building partnerships with companies that were once considered pure competition. And he is rapidly entering the world of open source. “With the company that invented vertical closed technology 60 years ago, we can learn to change,” he said.
On the partnership, Krishna said there are many areas where companies like Amazon, Microsoft And even Indian IT services companies do not compete with IBM. “They (Amazon, Microsoft) are not going to accept multi-cloud, hybrid. But if the client wants to modernize their applications in Azure but use Linux, who can do Linux better than us? Is?” he said. Indian IT services companies, he said, partner with IBM when implementing projects that use many of the latter’s technologies – such as Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Linux.