Five steps to better skills development in an era of constant innovation

Translating the impact of IT innovation in a business context requires more than strong technical awareness. To really make the most of innovation, IT leaders must understand the aims and objectives of their c-suite peers.

BCS suggests just 13 per cent of digital leaders believe their organisation has enough resources to address key management and IT issues. So how can you ensure the capabilities of your IT department match boardroom requirements?

  1. Listen and then listen again - Making the most of key digital technologies, like the cloud and big data, requires careful implementation. New services should only be bought once a business case is clearly identified.
  2. Then stay fit and flexible - As many as 58 per cent of digital leaders say change is a key management issue. A smart IT department can cope with transformation. Agile certification provides the tools and capabilities for people to better manage change.
  3. Make learning a work in progress - Emerging innovations, like cognitive analytics and artificial reality, will impact your enterprise soon. Your IT team must be aware of developments before the business demand arises.
  4. Be aware that practice makes perfect - A strong skills framework, such as SFIAplus, can help you and your workers to identify their skills gaps. When new business change projects emerge, your IT workers are ready.
  5. And look beyond the data centre - The pace of change means an internal IT department is unlikely to know all the answers. Smart CIOs partner with external providers and start-ups to source great talent on-demand.

New innovations continue to bombard the business. Non-IT executives expect CIOs to help end users make the most of these new technologies. Technology chiefs who engage with business experts can embrace change and develop an IT capability that is ready for the future.

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