1IT Earns Strong ‘Vote of Confidence’ for Tech and Business Support
The majority of tech leaders are highly confident that their department can satisfy core IT demands while helping support lines-of-business initiatives, according to a recent survey from TEKsystems. The resulting “2018 Reality Check” report compares survey respondents’ perspectives about the state of IT heading into the current year with how these expectations have actually played out (the latter being the “reality check”). So far, so good—respondents expressed generally positive perspectives about increases in both budgets and staffing. (Salaries, however, are lagging behind anticipated increases.) Nearly 250 IT leaders took part in the research. The following slide show presents highlights from the survey, with charts provided courtesy of TEKsystems.
2Net Positive Gains for Tech Budget
3Salary Increases Fall Short of Forecast
4Staffing Levels on the Rise
5IT Stays in Command of Tech Requirements
6LoB Units Gain Needed Support
7Security Solutions Dominate Critical Business Drivers
When asked to list the most critical technology areas that are driving and enabling their company’s business strategies, 58 percent of respondents cited security tech. Cloud computing ranked second, as cited by 48 percent, followed by big data analytics (39 percent), DevOps (36 percent) and mobile apps (33 percent).
8Solutions Inspire Improved Customer Experiences
9Investment Yields Satisfying Results
10Talent Gap Creates Major Challenge
When asked to list the biggest barriers in successfully executing critical tech, 19 percent of respondents cited a lack of required skills/expertise. Another 12 percent cited the need to serve business by executing/maintaining status quo while still implementing new initiatives, and the same percentage cited budget approval issues. (Note: Respondents could only select one option for a top barrier.)
11Organizations in Search of Qualified Cyber-security, Analytics Pros
When asked which tech areas specifically are most difficult to fill with qualified talent, 40 percent of respondents listed cyber-security. Big data analytics ranked second, as cited by 35 percent, followed by DevOps (33 percent), cloud computing (27 percent) and artificial intelligence (20 percent).