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Release date- 30012014 -
Specifically, the survey results reveal that to remain relevant to business' overall goals, today's IT professionals must adopt new skillsets and be prepared to help their companies make informed, strategic business decisions.
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Furthermore, 96 percent of respondents said they feel at least somewhat confident in their ability to provide such advice - with nearly half (44 percent) of those feeling completely confident in doing so - suggesting that businesses are underutilising the IT department, only seeking their guidance when 'disaster strikes'.
In addition, the survey revealed the technology and IT skillsets IT professionals must invest in today to effectively manage networks and systems, while still remaining relevant to the overall business. In particular, cloud computing was identified as the top IT skillset that will grow in demand over the next three to five years, followed by information security and business analytics.
'The days of IT's limited impact on business are long gone, replaced by the modern era of almost complete reliance on technology and the incredibly complex infrastructure it brings with it,' said
'As a result, more businesses are now recognising that IT holds an important key to success. Likewise, IT professionals can no longer operate within the bounds of their traditional role. Instead, IT professionals and businesses alike must create opportunities for IT to take on a leadership position within strategic business initiatives, rather than just seeking IT's counsel on a reactive basis.'
IT's role in strategic business decisions -
Ninety-nine percent of respondents said they are given the opportunity to provide the guidance and expertise necessary to help their company make informed, strategic business decisions in this area; however, the majority (70 percent) only have the opportunity to do so occasionally or rarely
Ninety-six percent of survey-takers said they feel at least somewhat confident in their ability to provide such advice, with 44 percent of those reporting that they are completely confident in doing so
To feel more empowered to provide such advice, almost half of respondents said they need more training in their area(s) of responsibility, and nearly 44 percent said they need a better understanding of their company's overall business
Demand for new skillsets -
More than 50 percent of those surveyed said cloud computing and information security top the list of IT skillsets that will grow in demand over the next three to five years, followed by business analytics
Respondents said information security is the IT role that will need to adapt the most to evolving technology over the next three to five years
Cloud computing ranked as the most important technology for businesses to invest in today to remain competitive for the next three to five years, followed closely by mobility, data analytics, virtualisation (server or desktop), self-service automation and BYOx, respectively
Other findings -
Over half of all IT departments now manage virtualisation, mobility, compliance, cloud computing, BYOx, SDN/virtual networks, data analytics and self-service automation
Forty-seven percent of respondents said increasing complexity has greatly affected their responsibilities over the past three to five years, and an additional 42 percent said it has somewhat affected their role
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