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Mission: Technology Exploration - Title Graphic

TEKsystems surveyed over 1,000 IT leaders to discover the maturity of key IT initiatives. The survey reveals that IT leaders continue to invest in foundational technologies that protect and enable everyday business, while newer, more innovative technologies are struggling to find a footing within organizations.

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Extending into Orbit

Technologies that emerged within the past decade have become core to everyday business:

  • Security
  • Cloud
  • Mobile applications
  • Big data analytics
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Moving at the Speed of Light

Over 70% of IT leaders have Agile, digital marketing / customer experience and DevOps projects currently, or plan to within the next two years. Over half are already in pilot, production or refinement stages.

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Preparing for Liftoff

Only one-third of IT leaders are undertaking automation and machine learning, IoT and AI initiatives currently, but over half expect to by 2020.

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Idling on the Launchpad

Less than 1 in 5 IT leaders have a current AR/VR or blockchain initiative. Within the next two years, that number will increase to 1 in 3. The tipping point for these technologies is likely still a few years away.

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What You Can Do Now

Chart your technology maturity roadmap. Look at six to 10 technology areas or initiatives you have in flight, are planned or are emerging in your industry. Where are you in the adoption or maturity of these technologies?

  1. Nothing planned for foreseeable future
  2. Interested/planning stage (Expect to take action within the next 12–24 months)
  3. Pilot stage
  4. Advanced pilot / production scenario
  5. Evaluation/refinement

For your most mature technologies: Strategically scale these teams. These technology areas are likely core to your everyday business. In our survey IT leaders reported that security, cloud, mobile apps and analytics are their most mature technology areas. Yet, they also said they struggle to find the talent related to leading and fulfilling these initiatives—naming software engineers / developers / DevOps, data analytics and security as the skill sets most difficult to fill. Developing a workforce planning strategy that considers your local labor market, organizational culture and industry context will put you in a position to effectively scale to meet demand in these core areas.

For your least mature technologies: Research and run small pilots. When you do research, don’t necessarily look at what your competitors are doing—look at other industries, specifically financial services, technology services and retail, as they tend to be early adopters. Insights from our survey that support this include technology areas such as blockchain and augmented and virtual reality initiatives:

  • While on average only 15 percent of IT leaders have a blockchain project in flight, 25 percent of financial services IT leaders do—and in two years, that is expected to double (53 percent).
  • Only 18 percent of IT leaders across industries have AR/VR initiatives in flight currently, but looking at the technology industry specifically, that nearly doubles with 30 percent of tech IT leaders already piloting or maintaining these projects.

As the technologies themselves continue to mature, look for opportunities to small pilot opportunities in your organization where you can test the capabilities of how they can bring value in the context of your business.

View more insights from our 2018 IT Forecast and information about our services.