The 2017 IT Forecast survey was fielded in October 2016 among more than 700 IT leaders, including CIOs, IT vice presidents, IT directors and IT hiring managers, across a range of industries and company sizes.
- Budget and Spending: Nearly half of IT leaders plan to increase their budget in 2017. Technology continues to become more decentralized within the organization, with many functions outside of core IT now taking independent ownership of tech-related investments and projects.
- Skills Overview: The most critical skills IT leaders expect to need in order to deliver successful project outcomes are programmers and developers, networking specialists, project managers and software engineers. These skills—along with security—also top the list of most difficult to find.
- Challenges: Organizational alignment is anticipated to be the biggest hurdle to organizations meeting their goals next year, perhaps because there are many parties now with a stake in technology.
- Areas of Impact: IT leaders anticipate that business objectives tied to business growth and solidifying infrastructure will require the most support from IT in 2017 (e.g., improving existing IT applications and implementing new ones). Of all trends and technologies influencing the industry, security is expected to have the biggest impact on the business—for the third year in a row.
- Workforce Expectations: Aside from project managers, expected salary increases are down in every IT skill category. Yet, team size is growing—over the next year, more IT leaders plan to increase their full-time and contingent workforce than the previous two years. IT leaders are consistently focused on similar skill sets year over year, including programming and development, software engineering, security and cloud.
Read our executive summary for an in-depth analysis of survey findings, check out our infographic for a visual snapshot of the main highlights, or watch our video.