Companies Struggle to Staff for Tech Innovation
Through 2020, IT jobs in areas such as business analytics, cloud and social business are projected to grow by 22 percent in the United States. However, some organizations lag far behind others when it comes to proactively recruiting capable tech talent to support these functions, according to a recent survey from IBM. The resulting report, "2012 IBM Tech Trends," puts companies in a number of categories, including "pacesetters" and "followers." Pacesetting organizations believe emerging technologies are critical to their business success and are using them to enable new operating and business models ahead of the competition, according to IBM's definition. Followers agree that these technologies are important, but trail behind in adopting them. Clearly, it's in your best professional interest to align yourself with pacesetters in your networking and job-search efforts. "Having a highly skilled workforce is critical to an organization's ability to innovate, meet client demands and grow," says Jim Corgel, general manager, academic and developer relations for IBM. More than 1,900 global IT and business professionals, as well as students and professors, took part in the research.