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industry news HALF OF IT PROFESSIONALS DON’T USE ALL OF THEIR ANNUAL LEAVE Research from the Robert Walters Career Lifestyle Survey has revealed that IT specialists are the least likely to use all of their annual leave among all professionals.   Forty-four per cent of IT professionals said that they had not taken all of their allocated annual leave in the past year, compared to an average of 36 per cent among all professions. With many businesses looking to overhaul their e-commerce systems, as well as an increased emphasis on cyber security, IT professionals from a range of specialisms have come under pressure to deliver large scale projects to tight deadlines. This has left many struggling to find opportunities to take all of their annual leave while still delivering projects on time. Ahsan Iqbal, associate director at Robert Walters, commented, ‘In the last year, IT professionals working in cyber security have seen a particular spike in demand for their skills, driven by several data breaches at high profile companies in 2015. As a result, employers have been keen to bring these professionals onboard to undertake large scale overhauls of digital security systems. ‘Given the immediate threat posed by a weak cyber security system, IT professionals are often under significant time pressure to complete these projects.’ Datapipe acquires Adapt Datapipe has announced the acquisition of managed cloud services provider and Advanced AWS Consulting Partner Adapt. The acquisition will expand Datapipe’s European presence and enhance capabilities for clients worldwide. Adapt specialises in agile hybrid solutions that deliver the best of public and private cloud to clients as a single service. Both companies take a transformative approach to cloud, partnering with enterprises to innovate, optimise, and scale mission critical and dayto-day IT operations. ‘Adapt and Datapipe both have cultures that focus on proactive, high touch customer service and a commitment to customer specific solutions designed to meet clients’ individual business challenges,’ said Robb Allen, CEO, Datapipe. ‘Our similar approach to guiding clients on their cloud journey makes the acquisition a natural fit for us and will increase our scale and service capabilities in the United Kingdom, and the broader European market.’  Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. You’re invited – Pink Elephant Party The Pink Elephant party has been running since 1999. Each year it has attracted hundreds of IT and network infrastructure professionals and has raised over £300,000 for charities since it began. This Pink Elephant has teamed up with Orchid, the male cancer charity, which exists to save men’s lives from male cancer through a range of support services, education and awareness campaigns and a pioneering research programme. To celebrate Pink Elephant’s sweet 16th and Orchid’s upcoming 21st birthday this fundraiser is open to everyone up for a fun evening. Hosted at a brand new venue, Revolution Bar in America Square, Tower Hill, London, the event will feature a live band, East of Java, for what promises to be a fantastic evening. Tickets are £25 each and can be bought via the Pink Elephant Party website: www. pinkelephantparty.com CHANNEL CONFIDENT OF REDUCING SKILLS GAP BY 2020 Channel leaders are confident the skills gap will be reduced by 2020, according to research by OnePoll. Commissioned by Agilitas, the aim of the research was to understand how skills in the industry will develop by 2020. The survey of IT resellers, managed service providers and independent IT providers revealed a confident outlook, with 75 per cent expecting the skills gap to change by 2020, and 64 per cent believing it will be resolved or reduced. A minimal 17 per cent believed the gap will become worse in the next four years. ‘The trend is in contrast to the arguments that we’ve heard recently about running out of talent,’ commented Shaun Lynn, CEO of Agilitas. ‘Our research revealed that rather than resting on their laurels, many in the industry are confident of being able to make positive changes and reduce the gap.’ The research also looked to understand what channel leaders plan to do to assist in reducing the skills gap, revealing that fostering high quality technical skills is a key priority in the channel. Forty-seven per cent s ee a lack of internal training as the key reason for a continued skills shortage in 2020, and around two thirds (62 per cent) view training of existing staff as key to reducing the gap by 2020, suggesting talent development is a key focus amongst industry leaders. 7