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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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Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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12/24/2015 | 7:05:47 PM
Security budgets
Of course, it doesn't matter how much money you throw at a problem; if you've got employees leaving sticky notes of their passwords on their monitors, if you've got overly onerous IT password policies that force employees to pick super-easy passwords, if you've got a poor security culture where employees are susceptible to social engineering, visual hacking, and other "human" attacks, then no IT infrastructure can save you.
jastroff
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jastroff,
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12/25/2015 | 12:54:19 PM
Security
I've rarely seen an issue cut both ways so deftly, i.e., "we have to encrypt communications" vs. "how do we keep the hackers out"

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Biggest Impacts

When asked to identify the trend or technology that would have the biggest impact on their organization, the IT leaders responding to the survey identified security as the biggest impact for the second year in a row. 

tzubair
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tzubair,
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12/27/2015 | 3:41:36 PM
Re: Security budgets
 

"if you've got a poor security culture where employees are susceptible to social engineering, visual hacking, and other "human" attacks, then no IT infrastructure can save you."

@Joe: Very aptly put. I think no one hardly talks about the security culture during internal and external discussions. A lot of talk and ideas are focussed around the infrastructure, but you're right - no infrastructure can be good enough till the culture is also given importance. Unless people are taught about the big picture of why security is important, the what part will not really work.

 
Stratustician
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Stratustician,
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12/30/2015 | 7:54:34 PM
Re: Security budgets
I second this.  Security awareness training is such a critical part of the overall integrity of an organization, yet so often overlooked.  Web filtering and anti-phishing tools can only go so far, it's about getting employees committed to wanting to practice cyber awareness.  Unfortunately, many employees do not feel personally responsible for the overall security of not just the infrastructure, but the data created on a daily basis.  It's absolutely a culture that needs to be adopted company wide, and I hope that we see more focus on security awareness in 2016.
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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12/31/2015 | 8:44:48 PM
Confidence
I believe this is the most important quality of a CIO. He is the main person who drills down the strategies to the team. Lack of confidence leads towards disatasters.
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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12/31/2015 | 8:48:08 PM
IT is loosing control over the budget
I agree. I have seen most CIO's who are falling behind the budget. I believe the main reason is poor planning.
shakeeb
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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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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...
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....
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...
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