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The H1-B Visa is Under Threat. Here’s How to Avoid IT Staff Shortages

President Trump’s directive on H1-B visa policy

The H1-B Visa is Under Threat. Here’s How to Avoid IT Staff Shortages

America’s high-tech industry is worried – and you should be as well. For years, we’ve depended on immigration to fuel our insatiable demand for technology skills. Now, that’s in danger. President Trump’s new H1-B visa policy is creating concern across Silicon Valley, and beyond, as tech leaders concerned about IT staff shortages contemplate losing tens

of thousands of skilled immigrants every year.

Here’s the problem. In a leaked draft Executive Order, President Trump directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to “make the process of H-1B allocation more efficient and ensure the beneficiaries of the program are the best and the brightest.” That’s code for making s

ure that H1B visas aren’t just used to undercut American high-tech wages. And, while the Executive Order hasn’t been signed yet, it’s consistent with other administration moves – including suspending fast-track processing of H1-B visas.

What does this mean for businesses?

The current H1-B visa lottery system could be replaced with one that prioritizes visas for high-salary jobs – at the cost of lower-paid and entry-level positions. For example, you may find it relatively easy to hire experienced software engineers from overseas, but hiring support staff for IT Operations or Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) could be a nightmare. And, without the right support capabilities, how do you prevent IT staffing shortages and keep your IT environment up and running?

Here are your options:

1.      Compete for local resources

Attracting local talent means offering more money up front – and then continually raising wages as other companies try to steal your staff. Unfortunately, if you’re under the pressure of a tight budget, – like most of us – this just isn’t a viable option.

2.      Move jobs offshore

This can give you access to more support resources, but it’s going to make your life much more complicated. It’s not just about time zone differences, security or compliance. It can take months – or even years – for an offshore team to come up to speed. Until they do, you’ll struggle. And, your clients won’t give you a free pass just because you’re outsourcing – they’ll still expect timely and accurate support.

3.      Automate your support processes

IT support staff spend huge amounts of time on repetitive processes – processes that can be easily automated with the right technology. With an IT Process Automation solution, you need fewer support staff – and they work on higher-value activities. Not only will you reduce your operating costs, but you’ll also eliminate manual errors, deliver enhanced service levels, and improve customer experience. IT staffing shortages = solved!

To learn about Ayehu IT Automation & Orchestration platform and how it can help you survive potential IT staff shortages due to Trump’s latest executive order,  click here. Or better yet – start saving time, money and resources today by downloading your free 30-day trial.

About the Author

Kishore Ramamurthy is Senior Director of Product Marketing at Ayehu, the leading provider of IT process automation and orchestration. Kishore has deep knowledge of the IT Operations Management (ITOM) space and has lead product management and marketing in companies such as IBM Tivoli, BMC, Cisco, and Dynatrace.