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IT Human Capital Strategy – 2013 Top CIO Priorities

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I have spent the past while researching, Googling really, the 2013 top CIO priorities.  I thought that, by doing that, I would begin to understand better what the serious concerns are for CIOs in 2013 and beyond.  But how disappointed I was.  Why?  I’m glad you asked.

Well, if I combine all the data, without trying to prioritise anything because that would be just too confusing, the list looks something like this:

  • Innovation
  • Cloud
  • Big Data and BI
  • Mobility
  • Social
  • Integration
  • Customer-centric
  • Legacy Transformation
  • Security and Business Continuity
  • Cost Control

Gosh, I even found a list with Health Care on it??  And one, more erudite list, suggests that CIOs should work on turning the 80/20 rule around.

You may well be looking at this list and thinking – that’s a pretty good list, what are you on about?  What I’m on about is that in all the lists that I looked at, not one single list spoke about Skills – or People, if you will.  As far as I know, there is still an IT skills shortage – world-wide.  And, as far as I know, we are still not producing enough candidates from universities.  Heck – correct me if I’m wrong here, please.

If I’m right, why is People Development not a top concern?  And, if people costs constitute between 50% and 70% of the IT Budget, then turning the 80/20 around is a piece of cake.  Focus on your people and you’re most of the way there.

And the REAL reason that I’m carrying on about this is because – take another long, hard look at the list, and then tell me, which of these priorities does not also include People Development.

So, because a picture speaks 1000 words, I had a go at visualizing this from my angle.  And this is kind of how it looks.

So, I was left with the question: How is anyone going to make any of this happen without the right skills in place at the right time and cost?

If you don’t have a Human Capital Strategy in place that plans to have the right skills in place, this becomes a “wish list”, not a “priority list”.

If you need an IT Human Capital Strategy, we can help you, so please contact us.