Thailand remains short of workers skilled in emerging technologies, and this will erode its information and communications technology (ICT) competitiveness once the Asean Economic Community kicks off in late 2015, says a local leading research firm.
A survey of the readiness of local IT professionals conducted by Thailand's IMC Institute shows demand for emerging technologies and skilled staff are critical for local firms to develop innovative products and enhance business opportunities.
One hundred IT-related companies were surveyed from June to August.
Thanachart Numnonda, executive director of the institute, listed emerging technologies as mobile apps, cloud computing, big data, business intelligence and Facebook application development.
The survey showed 76.4% of respondents saw the shortage of people skilled in these areas as a big challenge to their catching up with new technologies.
Mr Thanachart said to boost ICT competitiveness in a post-personal computer era, Thailand must quickly increase the number of people skilled in new technologies to at least half the existing 10,000 general IT professionals.
The survey found organisations are placing greater priority on boosting the number of staff skilled in mobile app development, particularly for the iOS of Apple and Google's Android.
Thai firms are also short on cloud computing expertise, with fewer than 10 people on average in each firm possessing this skill.
The top four cloud computing platforms in Thailand are Google's App Engine, Microsoft's Windows Azure, Amazon Web Services and Heroku, with a 22.4%, 19%, 13% and 5.6% share, respectively.
Mr Thanachart warned a shortage of people skilled in business intelligence and advanced computer programming poses a threat to local firms.
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