1CIO Challenges: IT Skills Gap, Growing Cloud, Mobile Demands
by Nathan Eddy
2A 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.
3Lack 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.
4IT 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.
5Growing 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.
6More 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.
7Barriers 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.
8IT 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.
9Wary 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.
10CIOs 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.
11Big 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.