IT Industry Forecast: What to Expect in 2015

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Staffing - BI/Big Data, Cloud and Mobile

BI and Big Data, cloud and mobile skills are on the "next level" of hiring difficulty following key operational IT skills.

  • In the 2014 and 2015 forecasts, IT leaders indicated that BI and Big Data, cloud and mobile roles have not been as difficult to fill as the key operational IT skills. They ranked in the lower half of the difficult-to-fill scale, where BI and Big Data analytics expertise were No.7 and No.8 respectively, while cloud and mobile placed No.10 and No.11 (in a ranking of 1-12).
  • On average, 45 percent of IT leaders expect to pay increased salaries for BI and Big Data, cloud and mobile skills in 2015 — fewer than the 60 percent who anticipated increases for these salaries in 2014. Entering 2015, 49 percent expect salary increases for BI and Big Data experts, followed by increases for mobile (44 percent) and cloud (42 percent) professionals.

TEKsystems' Take: While BI and Big Data, cloud and mobile are not among the most difficult to fill skills, these are high-impact roles and IT leaders expect to increase spending on each in 2015. This anticipation could point to an increase in using outsourcing or staff augmentation for these particular roles, providing organizations with greater agility and flexibility, while also fulfilling short-term talent needs.

Despite the ups and downs in recent years, 2015 is poised to be a year of relative calm in IT, according to research from TEKsystems. While budget expectations remain relatively flat, confidence levels among IT departments in their ability to fulfill business needs are increasing. Critical business objectives in the coming year will focus on improving existing apps and infrastructure, improving efficiency and retaining talented staff members. Additionally, given the pervasive nature of data breaches in 2014, security is the top area of concern for 2015.

"It's easy to jump to the conclusion that the reduction in expected budget increases signifies a need to cut back and eliminate important projects, but in reality, IT leaders are simply looking to be more realistic about what they can do with their resources and plan accordingly," said TEKsystems Research Manager Jason Hayman. "Rather than viewing the decrease in the rate of growth of spending as a reason to eliminate projects, IT leaders can instead use that information to implement sound talent management strategies in areas that are truly benefiting the business, and they can allocate resources to solidify those objectives."


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