IT Skills Shortage Poses Major Challenges for CIOs

Chief information officers noted a shortage of talent in new technologies as their greatest organizational challenge, according to the annual Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey released last week. Sixty-five percent — a 10 percent jump from last year’s results — of respondents said that a lack of IT skills will hinder their organization’s ability to “keep up with the pace of change.” Respondents ranked the most in-demand skills for their organization, with data analytics landing at the top — a response rate of 39 percent — followed by digital and security.

The survey found, however, that job satisfaction for CIOs has reached historic highs, with 87 percent of respondents reporting job fulfillment. The annual survey polls nearly 4,000 IT leaders and technology executives from around the globe.


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