The vast majority (91%) of
Software development is the most challenging IT skill to find, say 40% of CIOs
Nine-in-10 (90%) say it is now either 'somewhat' or 'very' challenging to find the right skilled technology professionals
The Majority of
The most popular IT initiatives that CIOs have planned for the year ahead include business intelligence and analytics (32%), mobile solutions (32%), application development (30%), information risk and security (28%) and virtualization (27%). Despite the apparent popularity of big data and social media, only 15% of CIOs said they had big data projects planned for the next 12 months, while 16% had plans for intranet/internal social media initiatives and 17% said that they would be running more general social media initiatives including enablement and monitoring.
While CIOs expect to have a busy workload in the year ahead, they are also concerned about finding the right skilled technology professionals. The vast majority (90%) of CIOs say that it is either 'somewhat' or 'very' challenging to find IT specialists.
The scarcest skills of all are in software development (cited by 40% of CIOs), security (32%), networking (32%), applications development (24%) and data/database management (24%). Quality assurance (9%), project management (11%) and business analysis (12%), though still difficult to source, are less of a challenge to track down.
Technical skill sets that are currently the most in demand tie in with the initiatives planned by CIOs for 2014.For example, the top technical skill sets include virtualization (named by 35% of CIOs), business intelligence (34%), network administration and engineering (30%), database management (29%) and programming languages (29%).
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