Positive Momentum for IT Will Build in 2017

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 12-13-2016 Email

It's a good time to be a CIO: Top organizational influencers are increasingly viewing IT leaders as essential contributors to critical business strategies. The potential for innovation seems limitless, and tech budgets are on the rise for the year ahead, according to a recent survey and 2017 forecast from TEKsystems. Findings also indicate that both IT salaries and full-time staffing will grow. With this resource, CIOs and tech managers will be better positioned to land hard-to-get talent—with programmers, developers, project managers, network pros and software engineers in particularly high demand. In addition, IT will increase investments in solutions to boost cyber-security, cloud, business intelligence (BI) and big data analytics, and mobility. "Budgets are up, and IT departments are expecting to be able to support overall organizational demands at a high level, while also being able to support business growth," said Jason Hayman, research manager for TEKsystems. "It appears that some of the heavy lifting in helping other departments realize some larger-scale digital transformation is over, and they can concentrate on preparing for the next stages of development within their organizations. This may contribute to the shift in more staff augmentation and managed services as a labor model, where they have the ability to control and have oversight on more of their application development and project management than before." More than 700 CIOs, IT vice presidents, IT directors and other tech leaders took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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