According to a May 2015 survey conducted by the Harvey Nash Group and KPMG, 59% of CIOs and other IT executives face a skills shortage. In parallel, the goals and demands of the business continue to rise, which is forcing CIOs everywhere to do more with less. The need to build, deploy, and maintain applications and APIs at a faster rate, with a lighter focus on setup and training and a heavier focus on making sure the business is running smoothly is apparent.
It’s a common scenario in many businesses – every function in the organization wants to add a mobile app or a new SaaS application and they all rely on IT to deliver. It is becoming very difficult for IT to keep up with the demands on their time and resources coming from the organization today. What if there were a way for IT to deliver more projects and create new innovations with the same amount of resourcing?
In our recent survey of 800 tech leaders, one particular statistic jumped out: 66 percent of IT leaders surveyed say that change is needed in order to meet a “significant” or “drastic” increase in pressure to deliver IT services faster. That’s not surprising, says Ross Mason. He points out, “IT is now critical to a company’s ability to stay competitive in a rapidly changing business environment. The old IT operating mode is fractured.
We recently surveyed 800 IT professionals across Europe to find out the pressures they are facing as well as how they’re using APIs to improve their businesses. The results were clear – moving faster and becoming more agile are the top priorities for IT execs in 2016.
Over three-quarters of IT professionals said the pressure to deliver IT services from across the organization had increased over the past 12 months.
Is it time to say goodbye to IT? That’s the argument made by Asheville, North Carolina CIO Jonathan Feldman in Information Week. He says that in the techie and non-techie world, IT departments often are the center of conflict: “like a raging infection in the corporate body, IT is continually at war.”
The problem with IT, he points out, is that the traditional model of IT takes on a superhero role.
It’s no surprise that business is changing dramatically. The potential afforded by digital transformation could have dramatic effects on companies’ growth, scalability, and revenue. Here are the top 5 trends that I think will have a major effect on businesses next year:
Arsenal Football Club is one of the most famous football teams in the world. It has over 100 million fans worldwide and sees its international fans as key to its further success, and wants to create amazing experiences for the fans when they come to Arsenal’s home stadium in London.
In a recent ComputerWeekly article, Arsenal’s CIO, Hywel Sloman, points out that when it comes to the intersection of sports and technology,
It’s really easy to think that all the innovations emerging from the tech sector won’t have an impact on businesses in other industries. But a recent study by Gartner announced that Unilever, a CPG business founded in the 19th century, is a supply chain leader thanks to its innovative use of data analytics. The truth is every business can be disrupted – and can take advantage of digital transformation. In a recent piece in Computer Weekly,
Digital transformation is happening faster than you think. Businesses are evolving into “composable enterprises” built out of connected software, services, and applications. To create a new service, launch a new product, or enhance existing systems, businesses need to quickly connect applications, data and devices; their ability to stitch all these parts together determines whether they will win or lose in the market.
It’s increasingly the CIO’s job to accelerate innovation across the business.
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