IT leaders primed to drive innovation and hybrid work

A survey of 1,000 IT leaders in the US, UK, Germany, Australia and India found that most of them increased during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A Snow Software study reports that 92% of IT leaders say they have increased responsibility for the financial impact of their IT investments. The survey also found that the vast majority of IT leaders (90%) say IT is increasingly being asked to innovate faster and demonstrate a return on investment.

In fact, 82% say their business partners require speed, but leaders are concerned about the cost and risks of moving too fast to perform.

According to Snow Software, nearly one-third of IT leaders (30%) prefer the introduction of new technologies to improve day-to-day operations. This may have been caused by businesses that had to adapt to blocking measures during the pandemic, forcing many organizations to deploy remote access.

The survey found that IT departments are now much better prepared to support hybrid work. In fact, 90% believe that their organization is capable of working effectively with a hybrid work model. A similar proportion (89%) say their organization has taken care to ensure that IT is equipped to work with the new hybrid mode of operation.

However, with an increase in the number of employees in a hybrid work situation, 86% of IT leaders say there is now more demand for services from the IT department.

Looking at top priorities for 2022, 31% of IT leaders say reducing IT spending is a top priority, and 27% say adopting new technologies to improve day-to-day operations is a top priority. A quarter (25%) give priority to digital transformation, and 24% – reducing security risks. Improving employee satisfaction is a top priority for the 26% of IT leaders surveyed.

Despite different priorities, innovation is central: 94% of executives say their organization has become more innovative when it comes to IT and technology resources, and 90% agree that IT is often asked to innovate faster and demonstrate a return on investment. . But this is not always easy, as 71% agree that they spend too much time reacting to problems.

The vast majority (93%) of IT decision-makers say the pace of digital transformation has increased dramatically in their organization over the past year, but 83% say new technologies no longer fit into local or cloud-based ones. According to Snow Software, these IT leaders need new processes and teams to manage them, which adds a long list of responsibilities to the already heavily cluttered CIO plate.

Looking at skills and development, almost half (48%) of IT leaders who took the survey said they had to learn new skills for new technology, and 42% said they had learned new leadership and management skills. Just over 30% say they have a mentor / advisor to support them, while 29% had to figure out their own role change. More than three-quarters (78%) say they still want to have better management training.

Alastair Poole, CIO Snow Software, said: “The pace of change will not slow down, making it even more important for IT leaders and business leaders to have excellent oversight of their technology assets, enabling them to effectively manage technology, optimize costs and reduce risks . which, in turn, will allow them to better survive future global developments and better prepare for organizational success. ”

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