- More than half of global IT leaders predict they will face a lack of IT talent in 12 months, as new technology demands outpace the talent supply, according to a new study from Brocade, which surveyed 630 IT leaders in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Australia and Singapore.
- IT teams are now recognized as very important or critical to innovation and business growth, according to more than 90% of those surveyed. But a lack of access to talented tech employees could make it harder for companies to implement new technologies and potentially cause a decrease in employee satisfaction, according to the report.
- Of the countries surveyed, Germany appeared best prepared to meet digital transformation goals, followed by the U.S. The U.K. trailed the other countries.
Talent is the key to implementing new technologies, and without that talent, businesses could see real impacts to the bottom line. Companies that look around the next bend and begin training employees now could help reduce the impact.
There is also hope that automation can help solve the talent crises. If automation can take over low-end or redundant tasks, more employees can be trained to take on higher-level IT that can help companies achieve their digital transformation goals.
But making sure companies can digitally transform is not just about ensuring internal performance. A recent report from McKinsey found the most successful companies invest more boldly in digital transformation efforts than their less well-performing counterparts do.