Getting Ahead of Your Organization's IT Skills Gap

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Adapt to the New IT Workforce Reality

Just as technology is constantly changing, so is the role of the IT employee. CIOs must find ways to adapt and prepare their workforce for the challenges of the digital enterprise. CIOs and other industry leaders need to understand that now is the time to think critically about where IT is headed and the kind of workforce needed to realize that vision. By focusing on finding the right kind of people, with a foundation of technical knowledge and soft skills that matter, CIOs can ensure they have workers who can shift gears and embrace technological evolution. In the long run, having an IT staff with diverse skills will be critical as CIOs take on greater and more strategic roles in any business.

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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