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6 Ways To Develop Internal IT Talent

By Kevin Casey,  InformationWeek 

If your company faces an IT skills shortage, it may be time to take a long, honest look within.

Are you investing in your employees and their professional development? Does your organization create real incentives for technology innovation? Do you encourage staff to learn new technologies and IT skills, even if they’re not explicitly relevant to a person’s job description?

If you answered with a shoulder shrug, you may have no one to blame but yourself for that supposed skills shortage. You’re also likely leaving lots of opportunities untapped. Prioritizing and rewarding employee skills development can improve hiring and retention, for starters. It can also help build internal technical expertise, even in organizations that lack a robust centralized IT department. Take heed, small and midsize business (SMB) pros. READ MORE

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