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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

VARs: Survey Cites Shortage of Tech Workers

In VARs-related news, a new survey administered by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) states that deployment of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is held back by the fact that there are too few skilled technology workers. The results of this survey were announced as a part of the RFID World 2006 conference.

Although the figures were down from a similar survey administered in 2005, seventy-five percent of the tech companies that took part in the CompTIA survey stated they don’t think there is a properly skilled, hirable talent group in RFID. Of the companies that cited a talent shortage, 80 percent thought that the lack of skilled tech workers would directly affect technology development. This particular figure is quite a bit higher than in 2005, when 53 percent said the worker shortage would have an unfavorably influence RFID and other technologies.

David Sommer, vice president of electronic commerce at CompTIA says that RFID is a complicated technology that is still growing, and those working with it need to be complete experts in order for it to work properly. He believes that there is much work to be done in the world of RFID education, training and professional development.

CompTIA continues to collaborate with over 20 major figures in the RFID industry. This group includes product manufacturers, distributors, system integrators, education providers and trainers, users and VARs to create a professional certification for RFID skills.

CompTIA RFID+™ sells neutral certification of RFID skills and addresses the needs of RFID hardware/software manufacturers, VARs, training developers and those that use the technologies. The certification will be available worldwide on March 28th and is designed for professionals with 6 months to 2 years of experience in RFID technologies or related fields.

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