CIOs Are Confident Their Staff Can Meet Challenges
With tech departments now expected to make valuable contributions to business strategies while continuing to satisfy nuts-and-bolts operational IT needs, CIOs and other tech leaders expressed considerable confidence in their staff's ability to successfully tackle these challenges, according to a recent survey from TEKsystems. The resulting midyear "Reality Check" report indicates that both tech budgets and full-time staffing are increasing. Hopefully, such organizational investments will put IT in a better position to pursue new initiatives—an area in which survey respondents express a comparative lack of confidence. Meanwhile, organizations continue to struggle to hire qualified IT talent, especially for roles such as architect, programmer, developer, project manager and software engineer. "If IT leaders aren't experiencing these trends yet, they should be on the lookout for how they could affect their organizational needs," said Jason Hayman, research manager for TEKsystems. "IT leaders should leverage this insight and proactively seek out the business leaders in their organizations to understand projects and initiatives for the remaining half of the year. This insight will help IT leaders better align their workforce planning efforts to ensure they have the necessary personnel in place to support the business demands that are sure to come." More than 300 CIOs, IT directors, hirers, executives and other tech leaders took part in the research.