IT's Performance Is Hindered by Skills Shortages

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2014-05-28
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    60% of IT leaders surveyed said the tech skills shortage prevents their organization from keeping up with the pace of change, up from 45% last year.

A lack of readily available technology talent in critical areas is preventing IT organizations from keeping up with the pace of change, according to a recent survey from Harvey Nash, a global professional recruitment firm and IT outsourcing service provider. Capable tech talent is needed for functions such as project management, enterprise architecture and business analysis. Without this, the vast potential for IT innovation and successful project execution remains unfulfilled, findings show. "CIOs and technology leaders are seeing growing budgets and growing prominence in their organization as CEOs are turning to technology to drive growth," says Jonathan Mitchell, chairman of Harvey Nash's global CIO practice. "However, significant challenges lie ahead. This year has seen a worrying increase in the number of leaders citing concerns about skills shortages. To be successful, organizations will not only need a clear technology strategy, but they will also need the right people to deliver it." More than 3,200 technology leaders and professionals took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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