Digital Transformation

Information officers ‘concerned about IT capabilities’

Companies may be floundering because there is a gap in IT skills.

Many chief information officers (CIOs) working for British companies may be concerned about their IT departments’ ability to meet modern demands put upon them, a survey has suggested.

The poll, carried out by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, found that 61 per cent of respondents feel they lack the resources they need to achieve the requirements of their chief executives.

Out of these, 74 per cent reported needing more qualified IT staff, while 47 per cent thought better technology skills among the existing workforce would be useful.

BCS warned that the skills shortage in the IT industry as a whole is becoming a big concern.

Chief executive officer of learning and development Martyn Lambert added: "Our survey highlights the importance of continuing professional development. CIOs are being tasked with high-level responsibilities that can shape a whole organisation, so it is vital that their teams are equipped with the right tools to achieve their goals and compete on a global scale."

Late last year, a poll by Spiceworks found that although spending on cloud computing and other services is set to rise within European firms in the coming years, they may not be allocating such as large budget to recruitment.

Indeed, the study discovered that that the number of European SMEs that were planning to recruit new IT staff in the next year had fallen to just 20 per cent – down from 28 per cent at the start of 2012.

Meanwhile, tentative predictions suggest at least 65 per cent of SMEs will turn to the cloud for their offsite back-up and document management solutions in 2013, with web and e-mail hosting being the first services to migrate.

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