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

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2013-05-17

CIOs operate in a more complex environment than ever, which calls for shifting priorities and changes in IT management practices, according to a new report from recruitment and employment firm Harvey Nash Group. The study, based on a poll of more than 2,000 CIOs, examines technology and market changes and their impact on CIOs and other IT pros. Respondents point to continuing growth in outsourcing and offshoring, the surge in demand for mobile and cloud computing skills and the battle for top talent, among other key challenges. According to the study, 68 percent of those surveyed said they will invest more in mobility in 2013, while 58 percent will invest more in cloud computing, and half will invest more in collaboration. "With big changes in how we must platform core capabilities being driven primarily by cloud and packaged cloud apps, we are faced now with fundamental decisions that feel more like buying services than the traditional orientation of building capabilities," Rob Cain, CIO for Coca-Cola, commented in the report. "This … also poses a huge talent and skills challenge … away from build and run, towards internal consulting and complex vendor management." In fact, more than nine in 10 respondents cited talent retention as a concern. eWEEK examines the changes outlined in the Harvey Nash study and their effects on IT careers.


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