68% of businesses are struggling to hire talent for the internet of things: research from Canonical shows businesses are battling with drought in the "Internet of Talent" pool.

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Businesses are struggling to recruit employees with the skills needed to make the internet of things a success according to a new IoT Business Models report from Canonical--the makers of the IoT operating system, Ubuntu Core.

The report, which includes research from over 360 IoT professionals, developers and vendors found that 68% are struggling to find and recruit employees with relevant IoT expertise.

According to Canonical's research, the most difficult to hire IoT employees are those with knowledge of big data and analytics, with 35% of loT professionals saying they struggle to recruit this skillset. Knowledge of big data and analytics was also identified as the most important skillset for IoT professionals, with 75% deeming it a necessity for anyone claiming to be an IoT expert.

The next most hard to find skillsets for IoT professionals are knowledge of embedded software development (33%), embedded electronics (32%), expertise in IT security (3 1%) and an understanding of artificial intelligence (30%).

Commenting on these findings, Mike Bell, EVP of IoT and Devices at Canonical said, "When it comes to the internet of things, the business community is still overcoming a significant skills gap. Many businesses are concerned by their own lack of knowledge and skills within the IoT market and many business leaders are finding themselves running head first into a set of technology and business challenges that they do not yet fully understand.

"Businesses need to realise that working in IoT should not require such an extensive variety of skills. What is needed, instead, is a simplification of the...

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