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How to address the blockchain skills shortage

Tipped as the “fifth evolution” of computing, everyone is talking about blockchain at the moment. The trouble is, whilst a lot of organisations want to get involved, most aren’t sure how to, and many are still confused as to what it all means in practice. Part of this comes down to general market education but another key concern is when it comes to putting a plan into action a clear lack of blockchain skills is a problem.  

It is probably not all that surprising there is such a skills deficit though. This is an issue across the entire spectrum of IT – especially when it comes to new technology – and blockchain is literally hot off the press. As Scott Driscoll, lead developer at Foundry 45 and Pluralsight author, points out “many of the platforms and tools are still in development or just barely released”. The Linux Foundation's Hyperledger blockchain platform, for example, only released version 1.0 this July.

“Combine that fact with the incredible surge in interest from 2016 and it's no wonder there's a shortage,” he adds. “On the training side, there are several online courses, boot camps, and consulting firms, but only a handful of university courses.”

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Anders Brownworth, chief evangelist at Circle, warns this shortfall might become even more pronounced in the next couple of years as the rate of adoption increases. “Hopefully it will then level out quickly,” he adds. “We are seeing related skillsets naturally developing to incorporate the blockchain, especially as employers and companies working on the blockchain train their teams to create their own in-house experts.”

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