Technology Budgets and IT-Business Alignment Grow
With IT and business continuing to pursue greater alignment, prospects look very encouraging for technology professionals for the future, according to a recent survey from CompTIA. The accompanying "International Technology Adoption and Workforce Trends Study" reveals that overall economic conditions are improving and tech budgets are expected to increase. Among the top IT priorities: data storage, cyber-security and cloud computing. Given the ongoing shortage of IT talent, organizations are also seeking to boost their staff's tech certifications. However, CompTIA stresses that technology is only part of the answer as enterprises drive toward crucial business goals. "The key strategic priorities … include a desire to reach new customers, control costs, improve staff productivity and [use] innovation more effectively," according to the report. "Obviously, technology can play a role in each of the corporate objectives, but technology alone will not produce the desired results. Organizations must also address the people and process elements of the equation." 1,507 business and technology executives from more than a dozen countries took part in the research. They are directly involved in setting or executing IT policies and processes within their organization.