Within enterprise data centers, three key market factors are in the process of colliding. The result of this clash is a potential skills crisis that can significantly affect organizations' ability to handle enterprise-class applications and data. Based on a combination of demographics and industry trends, we believe the issue can be summarized in three points:

Little has been done so far to tackle this looming crisis. If left unaddressed, this has the potential to cause significant damage. According to Gartner, Inc. analyst Diane Tunick Morello, most companies do a very poor job of managing and planning their skills base, especially their aging skills base. According to Morello, companies don't realize that they're putting themselves at risk by having a significant part of their day-to-day business relying on skills that are no longer even being taught in schools.

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