The CIO from a San Francisco-based garment company that designs and manufactures high quality junior, misses, and girls-sized clothing for major department and specialty stores had just emerged from a presentation at today's Midsize Enterprise Summit West focused on the changing face of IT leadership and the need for executives to increase the value of IT within their organizations.
What was on his mind was the resources he needed to manage already overflowing plates of projects while putting in place a technology roadmap that would evolve as the market for his company’s products evolved.
“There are several thousand technology companies in the Bay Area,” he noted. “And there are tens of thousands of highly-skilled technical workers. The issue we have had is attracting the talent we need to run critical business systems. Skilled workers want to go to work for technology companies on the cutting edge, not a 50-year-old garment manufacturer.”
According to senior IT executives we speak with daily, as well as leading industry analysts, the challenge of attracting and retaining skilled employees to deploy and manage complex enterprise systems is increasingly a key driver in moving communications applications to the cloud, right along with cost savings, increased functionality, and enhanced collaboration. Not only are enterprises looking to reign in head counts, they are focused on maximizing the strategic nature and work of the personnel they already have.
Thinking Phone Networks has worked with numerous companies with just such workforce challenges. Let us chat with you about what the changing face of IT looks like within your organization and how we can assist you in charting a course toward providing increased business value to all of your key internal stakeholders.