— 26 April 2017
NEW YORK, New York – Internet usage is growing rapidly on a global scale, according to Peter Hannaford, Chairman of Datacenter People. At the same time, the industry is facing a shortage of younger talent. At CAPRE’s Sixth Annual Greater New York Data Center Summit, Hannaford noted that while demand is increasing, the industry’s engineering force is aging.
Hannaford projects that more than 50 billion devices will be connected by 2020 with IOT growth (internet connectivity in cars, refrigerators, washing machines, etc). Hannaford told the CAPRE audience that internet usage increased 933% from 2000-2017.
With this growth comes hiring challenges, according to Hannaford. “According to the training company DC Pro, the average senior data center engineer is a 55-year old male,” Hannaford told the audience.
Hannaford pointed to a Brookings Institute study that predicted by 2025, 75% of the U.S. workforce will consist of millennials. He encouraged the audience to seek new solutions – and new ideas to hiring talent.