Only 10% of digital leaders feel that their organisation has enough resources to address the management issues and IT trends that their company has prioritised, according to the annual digital leaders survey* from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
More than half of the digital leaders surveyed (57%) indicated that they need enhanced IT skills among their existing workforce, 48% require additional IT staff that are suitably qualified, and 37% would like a bigger budget.
Adam Thilthorpe, Director of Professionalism for the Institute says: “These results reinforce the impact IT has on business today. The digital leader or CIO needs the right people with the right skills to enable an organisation to improve productivity, increase efficiency and maximise competitive advantage in the marketplace.”
The survey also reveals that business change is high on the agenda for 2014. Digital leaders were asked what they considered to be their organisation’s top three management issues over the next 12 months. 64% rate business transformation and organisational change as a priority, followed by strategy and planning (49%) and operational efficiencies (47%).
Respondents were also asked what they consider to be their organisation’s top three IT topics or trends for the next 12 months. 57% rate mobile computing, followed closely by information security (53%) and cloud computing (49%). More organisations are realising that such technological developments can potentially benefit their business, help increase productivity and ensure business continuity.
Yet while these can bring operational cost savings and employee satisfaction, it can mean increased headaches for information security professionals. And security emerged as the thing most likely to keep digital leaders awake at night.
Adam adds: “It’s probably not surprising that security is the issue most likely to keep digital leaders awake at night. Cyber security is high on everyone’s agenda from issues around BYOD, cloud computing through to data management, loss and intellectual property – it’s an important issue for organisations to get to grips with.”
The survey also asked leaders to look further ahead and consider the priorities for their organisations for the next three to five years - these were information security (55%), cloud computing (48%) and big data (47%).
*The research was carried out online by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. A total of 326 responses were received during the period 13 September to 14 October 2013.