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