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Survey: More than a Third of CIOs Are Facing a Lack of Qualified ICT Professionals

"For most organisations, the worst times in terms of pressure for a cost decrease in relation to the economic crisis have not been entirely averted yet,"

- Zdeněk Křížek,
Partner in the ICT advisory and risk management function of Deloitte

Prague, 5 December 2012 – More than a third (37%) of CIOs are facing a lack of qualified ICT professionals. The greatest lack of qualified workforce is perceived predominantly in the financial services, technologies, media and telecommunication sectors and in the public sector. According to the CIOs, the biggest lack is perceived namely in the area of information systems development (19%) and ICT project management (17%). These are the results of a recent survey of Czech CIOs' opinions, which was carried out in October and November 2012.

ICT cost optimisation will remain the major topic for CIOs next year – the continued reduction of ICT costs, which will most often be reflected in the suspension of investments and the restriction of the use of external services, is expected. The greatest decrease in ICT budgets will be seen in organisations in the public sector (57% of respondents expect a decrease in the budget) and in the energy sector (62%). The lowest decrease, on the other hand, is expected in the financial services sector (only 6% of organisations reported a budget decrease, as compared to 25% of organisations expecting growth).

"For most organisations, the worst times in terms of pressure for a cost decrease in relation to the economic crisis have not been entirely averted yet. Most CIOs are still forced to do "more for less". This results in the fact that the next year will not be ideal for big investments in new technologies, since the major priority of the CIOs remains in dealing with the expected decrease in the ICT budget," said Zdeněk Křížek, Partner in the ICT advisory and risk management function of Deloitte.

A slightly positive finding is that compared to last year, 5% more organisations expect an increase in their ICT budget this year.

"In 2013, the major challenge will be the shift in the perception of IT departments' role from a pure expense-component which operates applications to the role of a strategic partner which generates high added value in the form of the services provided," added Zdeněk Křížek.

More than 80% of organisations evaluate the current state as not entirely ideal and see a large space for improvement predominantly in the area of the interconnectedness of the ICT strategy area with the goals of the organisation.

Mobile applications represent the hottest technological trend. Their implementation is planned by 80% of organisations.

The survey also showed that technologies such as the "Private Cloud" or "Infrastructure as a Service" are still not the major priorities of CIOs in Czech companies, despite the fact that they are perceived as relatively highly beneficial by more than one half of the organisations that participated in the survey. In the area of "Big Data" and "Platform as a Service", it is rather necessary first to get to know the trends better, and identify and prove their potential in partial pilot solutions.

The complete study, entitled the Survey of CIOs Opinions, can be downloaded from


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