Getting Ahead of Your Organization's IT Skills Gap

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Value Soft Skills

When you do seek out external talent, think carefully about what you really need – not just now but in the future. Beyond hiring candidates with niche technology skills, for example, it will be important to look for talented people who also have "soft skills" such as communication, leadership, presentation skills, etc. Specific technology skills are certainly valued, but the abilities to also speak the business language, lead teams and be a self-motivator are becoming increasingly important.

Technology is at the heart of almost every business transaction today and continues to evolve at a staggeringly rapid pace. For enterprise CIOs, it's an exciting time, witnessing first-hand the profound impact smart-technology decisions can have on business and its customers. With each technology change and new application comes greater possibilities for how IT can deliver value to the broader organization.

However, this transformation to a "digital enterprise" is not without its challenges. Many CIOs are enthused by the potential of the Internet of Things, Big Data, and cloud computing, but are uncertain as to whether or not they are prepared to maintain an IT workforce with all the necessary skills to support it. Some believe this so-called "IT skills gap" is approaching critical mass.  CIOs know they can't capitalize on the many technology opportunities available without the right IT team to execute on them. In this slideshow, Charles Galda, CIO, Technology Centers and Services, GE Capital, outlines five steps that CIOs can take to bridge the IT skills gap and make sure their workforce is poised for success in the rapidly changing enterprise. 


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