From an IT talent perspective, Gartner's CIO Agenda Report makes interesting reading.
It usually takes the temperature of the industry well and gives IT leaders’ intelligence for planning the year ahead. I always look forward to Gartner's survey of almost 3,000 CIOs from nearly 90 countries and this year I read it feeling a mixture of excitement, optimism, challenge, and ... well, relief.
When Gartner asked CIOs about their perceived barriers to success, their replies were a list of the usual suspects. Capacity, integrating new tech with legacy systems, security, alignment, culture, executive buy-in, etc. etc. BUT top of CIOs concerns now ... TALENT.
Of course, this is exciting because IT talent is my game! Opportunity knocks! Talent is now recognised, by CIOs worldwide, as the single biggest challenge blocking the route to success and that gives me a great ice breaker when cold calling.
There is, anecdotally, a feeling that many IT operations are just about coping - keeping the lights on - but if something were to come along that really rocked the boat they may not weather the storm. If that too sounds familiar, even secretly, it's OK - you're not alone here either. That sense of relief that I mentioned is borne out of knowing many IT leaders who feel this way. They know that they are just about ‘getting away with it’ with the resources they have and that is no way to spend your working life. Still ... as long as nothing rocks the boat...
The thing is, though, something IS coming.
Actually, Gartner believes it is already here.
Bimodal IT, in Gartner's words, "is the practice of managing two separate, coherent modes of IT delivery, one focused on stability and the other on agility. Mode 1 is traditional and sequential, emphasizing safety and accuracy. Mode 2 is exploratory and nonlinear, emphasizing agility and speed."
Gartner's report says, "The biggest talent gaps are around information — big data, analytics, and information management — followed by business knowledge/acumen."
If these talent vacuums sound familiar, you’re not alone, many of these gaps are the same ones CIOs reported four years ago.
In his blog 'In A Bimodal 2016 Focus On What You're World Class At - Your Strength Is In Knowing Where You Are Vulnerable', Stoneseed IT’s David Cotgreave says, "Imagine your favourite sports team ignoring a talent gap in a certain position in that way - where would they be in four years’ time?" That’s a thought isn’t it?
He suggests focussing your best efforts on where your strengths lie and outsourcing the rest – including talent attraction and retention.
Bimodal IT could be a game changer and with 4 in 10 CIOs gearing their operation toward this new reality and the majority set to follow over the next 36 months, it should be on your radar if you want to keep up.
BUT Gartner's report suggests that Talent management practices are failing to keep pace with the constantly evolving digital needs of most businesses.
"CIOs must think about talent as a platform and innovate with it," says Gartner.
Often, the best way to innovate with any platform is to partner with someone who is already innovating with it.
Accessing talent 'as a Service', in much the same way that you access Software, Platforms, Project Management, etc opens you up to a broader talent search combined with targeted filtering so you get the best, most suited candidates.
So ... taking an 'aaS' approach to talent attraction, recruitment and retention puts you at the cutting edge of a process that 22% of CIOs cite as their biggest block to success – allow me to give you my business card.
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