Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Uptime Institute Network, Uptime Institute News, Uptime Institute Publications and Research | Posted on 13-11-2013
The Armed Forces has provided a longstanding and capable resource pool for data center management, engineering, and operations. Uptime Institute itself, throughout its history, has thrived due to the contribution of veterans in key positions.
Members of the Uptime Institute Network (a knowledge community of data center operators and executives) have described the challenge of attracting, training and retaining staff as chronic.
As the data center industry faces a global shortfall in qualified candidates, veterans represent a unique resource pool to address what many inside and outside the Uptime Institute see as an impending crisis of experience in data center operations. Uptime Institute has undertaken multiple initiatives to raise awareness for both veterans and those looking to fill vacant positions in data centers.
In the latest Uptime Institute Journal (V2), Lee Kirby, Retired Army Colonel and Uptime Institute SVP of Facilities Management, makes a case for veterans as data center talent and provides a practical course of action for those organizations interested in pursuing. Download Kirby’s article, “Resolving the Personnel Shortage in the Data Center Industry” here.
Before joining the Uptime Institute, Mr. Kirby founded Salute, Inc. an organization dedicated to hiring veterans for data center services with data center cleaning as the first entry position and progressing to installation and select maintenance services requiring disciplined labor.
Uptime Institute Network has formed a Veterans Subcommittee to proactively alert veterans to positions available with the data center industry. This is one remedy for the longstanding concern of Uptime Institute Network Members that the data center industry is hidden from those seeking to advance their careers in critical facilities engineering and management. Through this subcommittee, an impressive list of companies have committed to bridging veterans and data centers.
Uptime Institute is also organizing a forum to connect veterans with specific data center opportunities. For more information on Uptime Institute’s veterans activities, please contact Lee Kirby: [email protected] or visit http://www.uptimeinstitute.com/home/veterans.