IT Execs Losing Confidence in Ability to Execute New Initiatives
The TEKsystems survey also revealed programmers and developers, project managers and software engineers remained highly difficult-to-fill positions.The percentage of IT leaders who are seeing budget increases this year is higher than anticipated, and while they are confident about satisfying core and line-of-business initiatives, they are losing confidence in the ability to meet the demands of new initiatives. These were among the findings of the TEKsystems midyear IT Reality Check, a survey that compares current market conditions on the state of spending, skills needs and impact areas to those reported in the company's annual IT forecast released in December 2015. The report, based on a survey of more than 300 IT leaders, found that impact areas have remained relatively consistent: Security is at the top, followed by mobility and cloud computing, but data center consolidation took a big leap into the top four. "The trend of decentralization of IT initiatives has resulted in a shift in technology-related budgets to areas outside of where that budget has traditionally sat, namely with the CIO and core IT," Jason Hayman, research manager at IT staffing and talent management specialist TEKsystems, told eWEEK. "Now other players—business leaders, the CMO—are in the mix and leading their own technology implementations with IT serving in a consultative and less controlling role."
In those organizations, core IT professionals still feel confident about their ability to master the standard, keep-the-lights-on demands of the business, as they reside in the IT department's area of responsibility, Hayman explained.