data storage: pool of talent in data storage, management expected to double in the coming years: Survey

India is poised to become a global hub in emerging technologies like AI and cloud. According to a new survey, for deep technology areas such as storage and data management technologies, multinationals are leveraging domestic talent to create successful global products and solutions at scale.

“Today, the number of talents employed globally in this industry is estimated at over 6 million, with Asia-Pacific accounting for almost half of the talent. Of the total talent pool of 2.7 million in the In the APAC region, India represents more than 1/4 of these talents, according to the “Flash Forward: The India Opportunity” survey.

The total workforce of 7,06,000 of the selected job families in India (system and kernel software, cloud platform service, UI development and UX design, DevOps and automation, and big data and data analytics) accounts for 14% of the total tech talent in the country.

Bengaluru accounts for the majority of talent, followed by Hyderabad and Delhi-NCR, according to the survey.

“Now is the time for organizations in this space to explore setting up businesses in India as the talent pool in advanced categories is expected to double which will lead to greater availability of skilled manpower. “, said Ajeya Motaganahalli, MD – India R&D, Pure Storage, told ET.

For system software and kernel skills in India, Bengaluru and Delhi-NCR account for over 40% of the expert/architect talent pool.

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“This highlights the importance of these cities in terms of senior talent available to global organizations looking to start operations in India with the right management team,” Motaganahalli said.

Bengaluru also leads with talents working in cloud platform service as well as UI development and UX design.

“However, we see a more secular distribution among lower tiers of talent in smaller cities. Just over a quarter of all UI/UX talent is found outside of the big six cities, primarily in Ahmedabad, Cochin and Kolkata.. Therefore, there is an opportunity to tap into the pool of talent in this field that exists in emerging cities,” said Motaganahalli.

Organizations are looking to augment and develop new talent to become more employable and are targeting areas such as AI/ML, big data analytics, user experience, design and development.

Government initiatives such as Make in India and Digital India are also encouraging these tech companies to build their India-centric story, with the right talented workforce. Companies are leveraging government initiatives, partnerships and collaborations, online skills and certifications, and in-house skills to develop talent in this area.

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