Why Some IT Leaders Worry About the Future
While overall sentiments remain high, tech leaders are slightly less optimistic than they were a year ago about a number of critical factors that will impact their IT organizations in 2016, according to the most recent "year ahead" survey forecast from TEKsystems. A still-strong but declining number of these leaders, for example, are confident in their IT department's ability to meet overall organizational demands, findings reveal. Expectations are similarly scaled back when it comes to tech budgeting and staff salary increases. Results also indicate that departments outside of IT will play significant roles in tech acquisitions and deployments, especially within marketing, sales and operations. At the same time, they'll need to tackle issues related to organizational alignment, governance and skills gaps, among other top challenges. "With so much technology spend coming from areas outside of the IT department, it's clear that IT leaders are taking into account the evolving nature of their responsibilities as they look to 2016," said Jason Hayman, research manager for TEKsystems. "Despite lower expectations for budget and salary increases, anticipated growth of full-time and contingent headcounts points to a healthy core IT team. However, IT leaders should be mindful that failure to properly adjust salaries in a competitive IT labor market will make it difficult to attract and retain the talent they need." More than 500 CIOs, tech directors and other IT leaders took part in the research.