CIO Challenges: IT Skills Gap, Growing Cloud, Mobile Demands

1 - CIO Challenges: IT Skills Gap, Growing Cloud, Mobile Demands
2 - A 21st Century War for Talent
3 - Lack of Diversity Threatens Retention
4 - IT Budgets Stabilize, Investment Rises
5 - Growing Security Concerns
6 - More Demand for Mobile Skills
7 - Barriers to Reaching Vision
8 - IT and Marketing Need to Work Better Together
9 - Wary of the Consumerization of IT
10 - CIOs Are No Friend of Facebook, Either
11 - Big Data Becoming a Big Deal
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CIO Challenges: IT Skills Gap, Growing Cloud, Mobile Demands

by Nathan Eddy

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A 21st Century War for Talent

Despite the shift toward 21st century talent, the classic technology skills of business analysis, enterprise /technical architecture and project management remain the most in-demand overall.

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Lack of Diversity Threatens Retention

There has been far less progress with workforce diversity programs; 14 percent of organizations indicate there are no women in the IT department.

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IT Budgets Stabilize, Investment Rises

IT budget growth levels are also returning to pre-recession levels, with 43 percent of CIOs operating with bigger budgets in 2013.

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Growing Security Concerns

One-quarter of CIOs (26 percent) believe they are very well-positioned to deal with a current or near-future security issues, down from 29 percent in 2012 and 37 percent in 2011.

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More Demand for Mobile Skills

One in four CIOs is seeking mobile solutions talent, which represents a double-digit increase in demand (11 percent) over the last two years.

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Barriers to Reaching Vision

Most challenging remains the availability of budgets to deliver on the technology potential for the organization, as well as how to effectively plan in an unpredictable and fast-changing world.

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IT and Marketing Need to Work Better Together

The growth of mobile, digital, social and big data—all of which require collaboration between the CIO and marketing—is making the current collaboration gap increasingly significant.

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Wary of the Consumerization of IT

CIOs are critical of shadow IT, and consumer IT or bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trends, believing that the advantages they bring are outweighed by the disadvantages.

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CIOs Are No Friend of Facebook, Either

CIOs also don’t buy into social media, seeing it as essentially neutral as a disruptive technology adding value. Only 40 percent see advantages to Facebook, Twitter and other social networking platforms.

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Big Data Becoming a Big Deal

Big data is popular: 47 percent of CIOs are encouraging big data development and 45 percent expect to invest more in big data next year.

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