Talent, Still the Biggest Barrier to CIO Success

The biggest talent gaps are around information — big data, analytics, and information management — followed by business knowledge/acumen

New technologies will bring more talent shortage. According to Insights From the 2016 Gartner CIO Agenda Report, talent has now been recognized globally as the single biggest issue standing in the way of CIOs achieving their objectives.
 
 
 
The biggest talent gaps are around information — big data, analytics, and information management — followed by business knowledge/acumen. Worryingly, many of these gaps are the same ones CIOs cited four years ago.
 
Four years ago, Gartner said in its CIO Agenda report that as the role of technology expands, so must the skills in IT. 
 
"CIOs across the board indicate the need to significantly improve IT skills over the next four years as new technologies and business and operational demands all but render current skill levels and performance irrelevant," the report said.
 
 
 
 
And yet, here we are again.
 
in 2016, Gartner states that the talent management practices are not keeping up with the ever-increasing and changing needs of the digital world. However, CIOs must think about talent as a platform and innovate with it, leading to a greater focus on strategies such as:
 
• Recruiting/rotating staff from outside IT
 
• Working more closely with universities on internships, co-designed courses, etc.
 
• Crowdsourcing
 
• Considering customers, citizens, vendors and partners as extensions (and digital
  accelerators) of the talent platform

 

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