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Hiring, Budget Concerns Top Of Mind For IT Leaders In 2016

An annual survey of IT leaders, including CIOs, vice presidents, directors, and hiring managers, reveals some of the biggest trends and challenges they expect to face in 2016.
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The 2016 Annual IT Forecast from IT staffing firm TEKsystems released earlier this month shows a mixed bag of good news and bad news for IT leaders, including CIOs, vice presidents, directors, and hiring managers. The good news: They feel fairly confident that they can meet business needs, and they're looking to add talent to their organizations. The bad news: They're losing more control of tech spending, and they're worried about meeting the challenges of new projects.

TEKsystems, which has released its forecast for the past four years, surveys IT leaders on major topics affecting their departments and their role as leaders. This year, the company polled more than 500 IT leaders in the US and Canada in multiple industries at companies ranging in size from less than $50 million to more than $10 billion in annual revenue.

The respondents, which included CIOs, vice presidents, directors, and hiring managers, were polled in Oct. 2015 via an online survey. Each of the past four studies included a different random sampling of leaders from the TEKsystems database. While there may have been some overlap, the studies did not survey the exact same group each year.

Still, by asking similar questions every year, TEKsystems can offer a long view of the attitudes and challenges of IT leaders and new trends these CIOs, vice presidents, directors, and hiring managers need to worry about in the near future. For the latest study, respondents were asked about their biggest challenges, budgets, and priorities for 2016. They were also asked about talent acquisition and hiring outlooks.

Take a look at 10 insights from this latest report to see the priorities and challenges IT leaders are anticipating for the coming year and then share your impressions in the comments.

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David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio

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batye,
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1/22/2016 | 10:53:15 PM
Re: Security budgets
@Joe, yes Joe you are right... 
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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1/22/2016 | 10:33:11 PM
Re: Security budgets
@batye: So you have the opposite problem: too much security!  (And, therefore, less "usability" of your household "features" -- such as your comfy bed!)
batye
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batye,
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1/17/2016 | 2:53:00 PM
Re: Security budgets
@Joe thanks, I could not agree more... my wife when she leaves for work do forgets to turn off/reset  security system for the bottom level of the house most of the time :) waking me up :) if wind hits the door or windows...  after she is comming back in :) lol ... 
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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1/16/2016 | 9:52:42 AM
Re: Security budgets
@batye: Indeed, you could have the world's best security system for your home or your office...but if you forget to turn it on and leave the doors wide open, it doesn't do much for you.
batye
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batye,
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1/1/2016 | 8:28:05 PM
Re: Security budgets
@Joe, I would say you nail it :) as weakest link in security human nature and no escape or solution from it... sad reality... or maybe it the way of our nature... keep making security mistakes....
batye
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batye,
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1/1/2016 | 8:22:50 PM
Re: Security
@jastroff I would say it depends on the field or department... for some area paranoja is the name of the game... 
batye
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batye,
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1/1/2016 | 8:21:29 PM
Re: Security budgets
@Stratustician, I would say you are right, but now security is everyones responsibility... and do not know or care do result in termination of the employment... if employee is responsible for security breach...
batye
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batye,
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1/1/2016 | 8:19:03 PM
Re: Confidence
@shakeeb yes, but would like to add CIO must be up to date on the technology and keep upgrading his knowledge base....
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batye,
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1/1/2016 | 8:14:46 PM
Re: IT is loosing control over the budget
@shakeeb I would say you are right but things always change... and everything must be properly planned...
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shakeeb,
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12/31/2015 | 9:06:34 PM
Re: IT is loosing control over the budget
Well I think IT governance should be the main factor. Its always important to align the business goals with the IT goals which will help in increaseing the RIO.
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