5 Emerging Trends Affecting IT Staff in the Recovery
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Overview: As we move into an economic recovery phase, Hudson sought to understand how the people within our clients’ IT organizations are most affected. Aside from the obvious effects of staff reductions, a handful of trends are emerging as described in this article. Here is an excerpt…
Trend 1: FOCUS ON BUSINESS NEEDS REQUIRES MORE TALENTED PEOPLE -- Sharper IT Alignment with Business Needs Drives Focus on Building Quality Staff
One of the effects of the downturn has been to align even more sharply the needs of the overall organization to the activities of the IT department. While this has been a goal for the better part of two decades, the downturn sharpened the emphasis on those projects that would deliver a clear business benefit.
“There is a much sharper focus on the business case,” says Peter Hourihan, CIO at Australian Pharmaceutical Industries (API), “a far greater concentration on how benefits will be delivered, on the measurement process to deliver them, and who is going to take responsibility, even before you get to an IT discussion.”
CIOs uniformly report a need for staff with skills in business analysis, enterprise and solutions architecture, and project management. They want employees who can ask the right questions of a project business sponsor to deliver projects fully and efficiently.