IT Experts Must Become Innovators

A Mad ScientistIT is quickly moving from a “utility” role into a business “innovation” role.  That’s how the annual worldwide survey of CIOs by IT recruiting firm Harvey Nash reads, mirroring what the tech trade press and pundits have been talking about lately.

Now that the recession is abating and budgets are increasing, IT leaders are finding themselves with more responsibility and influence. Meanwhile, the focus on cost-cutting and operational efficiency has shifted back to innovation. What Harvey Nash calls “the Innovation CIO” — who is 29 percent more likely to use innovation instead of cost savings as a competitive advantage– has re-emerged.

Some highlights:

  • 89 percent of respondents are concerned about keeping their best and brightest performers. Thirty five percent express “great concern” that competitors will try to poach key talent in the next two months.
  • 74 percent believe that if they don’t innovate and embrace new technology, their company will lose market share. Only 34 percent think they’ve achieved anything close to their innovation potential.
  • 28 percent will spend up to a quarter of their budget on outsourced activity this year. More than one in 10 will devote more than 50 percent to outsourcing.
  • 50 percent now sit on the operational board or executive management team of their organizations, up from 42 percent percent last year. Sixty nine percent report having more strategic responsibility, which marks the first time that figure has ever passed the two thirds mark.

Learn more about the findings by downloading the entire report.

Photo: Neil’s News

Comments

  1. BY Mike says:

    Would “innovating” include re-writing thousands/millions of lines of existing, tested, and working code in the latest fad-du-programming language? Apple, Microsoft, et. al. are in the business of innovating; many IT experts are in the business of processing data. With a majority of IT departments being short staffed and over-worked it’s damned unlikely many companies are willing to spend the necessary (time and money) to take what is not broken and “fix it”. With that said, I have seen examples of someone spending the time (either his own, or the company did in fact make “fixing it” a priority and that was his one task) to innovate in a data processing environment.

  2. BY kai says:

    Unfortuantly it depends on the culture of where you work. Where I work if the Business Analyst is not the one coming up with it then its not considered. which is a very frustrationg postiion with someone with my passion for creativity and thinking out the box.

    • BY Mike says:

      Sadly I’ve met too many “Business Analysts” with no IT/IS experience. And they were supposed to be the liaison between IT and business? Hahahahahah.

      • BY Kai says:

        Well I am glad i am not crazy and that it happens other places than where I work

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