Heading into 2015, 71 percent of IT leaders were confident in their IT department's ability to satisfy business demands. Heading into the second half of the year, slightly more express confidence. At the end of March, 70 percent were confident, while at the end of June, 74 percent expressed confidence.
Twenty percent of IT leaders expressed a neutral view in their IT department's ability to satisfy business demands as they entered 2015. At the midpoint of 2015, this percentage decreased. At the end of March, 18 percent had a neutral stance and 13 percent felt the same at the end of June.
At the beginning of 2015, 9 percent of IT leaders lacked confidence in their IT department's ability to satisfy business demands. Slightly more report they lack confidence as they finish out the first half of the year, with 12 percent and 13 percent reporting a lack of confidence in the end of March and June, respectively.
Findings: As IT leaders start to see the reality of their budget levels settle midway through the year, attitudes have shifted toward a more defined opinion. Of the 7 percent decrease in those without a firm opinion at the beginning of the year, 3 percent express more confidence and 4 percent express less confidence in their department's ability to meet business demands. As of the end of June, the number of leaders that express confidence is at its highest level.
A fundamental shift has been taking place in IT departments across the country over the past several years. Today's IT department plays a far more significant role in an organization's bottom line than ever before, and must align itself to provide the services that will support the business and end users alike. Even with these increased demands, though, IT departments have been challenged with smaller budgets and staffing shortages.
With the economy continuing to show signs of improvement, we may be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. TEKsystems®, a leading provider of IT staffing solutions, IT talent management expertise and IT services, recently released the results of its quarterly IT "Reality Check," a survey that compares current market conditions on the state of spending, skill needs and impact areas originally reported in the company's Annual IT Forecast released in December 2014. The most recent survey represents the views of more than 240 IT leaders (CIOs, IT VPs, IT directors and IT hiring managers) as of June 2015.