CIO insight: top technology trends for your business

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Ever wonder what’s going on inside the brains of CIOs? If you woke up tomorrow with the superpower to read minds, you’d probably want to start with CIOs, right? What are Chief Information Officers at technology companies thinking? What are the next big technology needs? And is your business is keeping up?

While we can’t grant you any superpowers, we can give you the next best thing: the 2016 Gartner CIO Agenda Report. This report combines insight from thousands of CIOs around the globe, giving you all the intel of a mind-reading technology superhero. So before you dive into the full report, here’s a little glimpse of what to expect: 

Digital first mentality

The report puts a magnifying glass on strategic and technical priorities for the year, plus trends that affect business decisions for IT departments. Looking back to last year, the 2015 report pointed to a shift in “digital first” mentality. And because you don’t need superhuman power to know that digital continues to be top of mind, it’s reaffirming to hear that the 2016 report reinforces that approach, further intensifying digital efforts. 

Lack of technical talent

This year marks a transition from a systems view of business to a platform view of business. It’s crucial for CIOs to lead the digital transformation with effective leadership and talent management. What’s the single biggest issue standing in the way of CIOs achieving their objectives? One word: talent. Check out this post for more ways to find top technical talent.

Skills technology teams need

When CIOs were asked they couldn’t reach their goals, 22 percent named skills/resources as a barrier to success. Here are a few areas to focus on when training for in-demand skills:

  • Cloud: Approaching cloud-based tech from the perspective of both development and operations is important. Is your team getting comprehensive training to tackle cloud-based tech from every angle?
  • Security: CIOs surveyed by Gartner’s report echo the same security concerns as other businesses the world over. Have you certified skills and best practices identified by top cyber security institutions?
  • Mobile: Falling behind in mobile is no longer an option and mobile has never been a greater priority than now. Make sure your developers are trained in key mobile-based tech, from Java to Swift.

Tap into the minds of CIOs and train your team with our guide.

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