IT Critical to Business, but Talent in Short Supply: CompTIA
Skills gaps remain a challenge for businesses, with more than half reporting concerns about the quality and quantity of IT talent available for hire.Most businesses understand the important role technology plays in achieving their goals, and so are looking to improve their use of IT. However, companies are also concerned that there is a lack in both the quality and quantity of available IT talent, a new study has found. More than three-quarters of businesses say technology is important or very important to their success, the majority plan solid increases in IT spending this year and four in 10 have expectations of hiring new IT staff in 2013, according to research released by CompTIA, a nonprofit association for the IT industry. The online survey of 1,256 business and IT executives directly involved in setting or executing IT policies and processes within their organizations found the role of information technology in setting strategic priorities and achieving business success is growing for companies around the world. Top technology priorities for the next 12 months include cyber-security, data storage and backup, network infrastructure, Web presence (including e-commerce), and updating aging computers and software. The large majority of businesses said they are interested in improving their utilization of IT, as just 15 percent say they are exactly where we want to be. They also agreed that technology will be vital to achieving their strategic priorities, which include reaching new customers, improving staff productivity and capabilities, reducing costs and overhead, and innovating more effectively.
"Emerging technologies such as cloud computing continue to see adoption gains as well," Tim Herbert, vice president of research at CompTIA, said in a statement. "In each country surveyed more than half of responding companies say they are either experimenting with or fully using cloud computing solutions. As businesses rely more heavily on the 'Internet of Things,' security, data loss and privacy concerns will affect more companies on more levels than ever before."