Key technical and strategic priorities of any company for the year are analyzed by the Chief Information Officer. An annual CIO Agenda Report is created that combines the data of thousands of CIOs from all over the world. This report focuses on reinforcing the shift to a digital world. The mentality is that of a 'digital now, digital first' type, which only gets intensified with the current approach to digitization.
The Transition of View Toward BusinessThe current view of business is a systems view, which is slowly going to shift toward a more platform view of business. In order for this transition to take place and to increase the potential of businesses, CIOs are required to lead the digital transformation with effective delivery, talent management and leadership. The report states that talent is currently being recognized globally as the single biggest issue standing in the way of the CIOs being able to achieve their objectives.
Barriers to CIOs being able to Reach their Goals
- Lack of skills and resources
- Lack of funding or budget cuts
- The culture or structure of the organization
- IT-business alignment
- Technology-related challenges such as legacy, security, etc.
The Solution to Securing Businesses and Increase their PotentialThe best way to secure a business and ensure that the organization is reaching its maximum potential is by training the employees on skills that are in demand. This will increase their productivity and enhance their skill set at the same time, making the training beneficial to both the company and the employee. The employee then becomes a valuable resource to the company and helps in improving the status of the organization. The most important skills that employees can learn to improve their performance should support the top priorities for information technology. They include:
Business IntelligenceIt ranges from business intelligence to warehouse analytics. The team will be able to leverage and master various tools such as Tableau, Excel Power Query and SharePoint Server. They will be able to organize valuable data and implement action fast.
Infrastructure and Data CenterThis includes fresh courses on Microsoft MCSA and MCSE certifications, VMware's vSphere 6 release and the latest in OpenStack, containerization, Linux, disaster recovery planning and more.
CloudThe team will receive comprehensive training to tackle cloud technologies. The courses will range from development as well as operational perspective. The training material will include Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Office 365, Salesforce development and more.
SecurityThere are security issues worldwide and with expert training and certifications, employees can hone their skills in best practices which are identified by top cybersecurity institutions. The certifications include Ethical Hacking and SSCP.
Networking, Voice and Data CommunicationsInfrastructure communications training will help operations go over smoothly and fine-tune communications within the company. Infrastructure and communication training on Cisco, Juniper, Skype for Business and more are available for use.
- There is a transition on how businesses are viewed: it is shifting from a systems view to a platform view
- There are a lot of barriers faced by CIOs to lead a digital transformation in a company such as lack of resources, budgets, organizational structure, etc.
- To increase the potential of any business the employees need to go through effective training that tackle the following aspects of the organization - business intelligence, infrastructure and data center, cloud services, mobile services, cyber-security and communications