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Issues for CIO in Disaster Recovery Planning in the new year

Disaster Recovery Planning IssuesWhat will be the Disaster Recovery Business Continuity issues of 2020?

Over 55% of the CIO we talked to expect that 2020 will see few changes being made in the way their organization manages business continuity. On the other hand, more than a 30% expect to see large changes.

One of the emerging is that greater attention is being given to cyber risks and cyber incident response. Most CIO feel this as the main area which will drive business continuity change in 2020.

Lack of budget and lack of senior management buy-in are emerging as the greatest challenges, with 22.5 percent and 27.5 percent of respondents stating that these issues will hold back business continuity developments within their organization during 2020.

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CTO Job DescriptionThe Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is responsible for overall direction of all technology functions with the enterprise.  This includes Information Technology applications, communications (voice, data, and wireless), and computing services within the enterprise that impact both the enterprise, its products, and its customers. 

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Security is CIO and CEO focus

CIOs and CEOs will demand Security Policies and Compliance Tools be implemented

Security PoliciesThe rash of high-profile data breaches have exposed customers' personal information, created reputation nightmares and cost CIOs their jobs. CIOs, CEOs, and CFOs should have security at the top of their priority list. But while businesses are saying the right things about giving IT security more attention and budget, is that talk being put into useful action?

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Shortage of Qualified IT Professionals Continues

Over 93,400 net new IT jobs will be created in 2019

Shortage of IT Professionals continuesThere is a shortage of qualified IT Professionals. According to one international study 2018 skilled IT Professionals positions are the hardest to fill.

The Service Council found that “70% of service organizations indicate they will become burdened by a retiring workforce over the next five to ten years.” The IT Industry is in the midst of that talent shortage and organizations are scrambling to fill openings

Baby Boomers, who make up a significant majority of the workforce in the IT industry, are now retiring. In the next ten years about 10,000 Boomers a day (across all industries) hit retirement age.

Millennials now make up the largest portion of the workforce overall, the IT industry is struggling to attract and retain the digital generation, due in part to housing shifts from the suburbs to the city, and the large number of millennials who hold bachelor’s degrees compared to a generation ago.

While the majority of customer call center and IT service jobs don’t require a college degree, the jobs do offer many qualities that young talent are seeking, such as room for advancement and a sense of purpose. In order to recruit and retain young employees, an emphasis on professional development is crucial.

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Big Data and Blockchain Projects have high failure rates

Big Data and Blockchain Projects have high failure

Blockchain project managementManagement skills need to be upgraded as blockchain and big data projects take hold. The skills that are need are not unique to those technologies. 

The primary factors that managers need to focus on are:

  • Integration and standardization of data
  • Goal definition and expectation management
  • Skill development for both legacy and new technologies
  • Architecture design management

To address these, managers need to

  • Improve the planning process to be more granular
  • Manage both technical and enterprise user staff effectively
  • Maintain focus and scope definition
  • Work to eleiminate legacy system dependence

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