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A gap exists between today’s composition of IT groups and what is needed for enterprises to maximize return on systems investments, so say CIOs in a recent survey.
CIO magazine and the MIT Center for Information Systems Research (CISR) asked 370 CIOs about the makeup and goals of their organizations. The CIOs indicated a new “value proposition” for IT was to move beyond building and running systems and into a space that contributes more fundamental business value to the enterprise. This represents at least a partial shift of responsibility away from other departments who are often tasked with providing the ultimate value out of systems created and maintained by the IT department.
Skills such as vendor managers, IT/business experts, data and analytics experts, and application developers top out where it comes to skill sets needed to make that value proposition a reality.
IT/Business experts are the hybrids we discussed recently, people who have depth in both and are able to tie them together in meaningful ways. One example are IT service managers who are not necessarily technologists but manage technology for the business. ITIL certification and project management certification are highly advisable for those in such positions and are sure to be hired first in a glut of applicants.
Application developers will have specific skills that vary depending on the chosen technology. Particular hot spots include Java, Oracle and Android application development. Pursuing training in any of these areas is very desirable when seeking to build a strong resume.
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Major employers are looking to return to projects that were postponed or abandoned in recent years due to the tightening of budgets. Industry experts believe these projects are coming back and are in need of expert management. As part of Monster’s 2011 IT Employment Outlook, David Marceau (a VP with an IT staffing agency) said, “IT hiring will pick up as companies implement projects they put off during the recession and rehire those laid-off project managers.”
“Project managers in companies will become more in demand, along with IT business analysts who can bridge the gap between business and process,” said Tammy Browning, SVP at a Philadelphia-based staffing firm. “Those were the first people to go, but it’s also where we have the biggest gap in the industry between what’s forecast and what’s needed to execute on company plans.”
Have you been practicing project management and need to obtain your PMP® certification? Now is the time! Companies are looking for project managers with a combination of experience and training. It is essential to round out your real-world application of project management with a PMP® certificate. This will not only boost your already-practiced skills but also help validate your value. GogoTraining offers some of the best online, self-paced project management training available for the PMP® certificate.
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These courses are taught by industry-expert Neal Rowland, MEd, PMP®, ITIL®. Neal is a professional trainer and instructional designer who is certified in Project Management, IT Service Management, and Dispute Resolution. Beyond being a PMP®, Neal also contributed to the 4th edition PMBOK published by the Project Management Institute (PMI).
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