If you ask a CIO what is keeping him or her up at night, you will probably hear things like cyber security, cloud migrations, and shadow IT. Talent acquisition would likely not make even the top 10. And that may be a problem, because perhaps it should be causing some CIO insomnia. In fact, according to a recent survey commissioned by Sungard Availability Services*, 50% of the 276 respondents said they believe talent acquisition is overlooked in the IT industry.\nThere are several reasons why CIOs might not be giving appropriate priority to talent acquisition. First, they might figure that bringing in new talent is simple and straightforward: \u201cWhat\u2019s the beef? If we need someone, we\u2019ll hire someone.\u201d\nHiring is one thing. Perhaps you\u2019ll luck out and your first interview candidate will be a great fit for your organization. But even so, onboarding is another kettle of fish altogether. It takes time, and it takes money. Employee turnover costs can be anywhere from 30% to 200% of a worker\u2019s annual salary. If this number is surprising, just think about it for a moment. If you need to fill an IT role, it\u2019s doubtful that you can hire someone who knows everything you need them to do. Between your company\u2019s infrastructure, applications, legacy software, and all the rest of it, you can reasonably expect that it will take three to eight months of training for a \u201cnewbie\u201d to become a productive member of your team, even if they are a mature IT professional. That\u2019s not knocking the new guy or gal \u2013 it\u2019s just life.\nA second reason the importance of talent acquisition might be downplayed is due to a deification of outsourcing: \u201cWe can always outsource anything we need.\u201d\nSorry, there ain\u2019t no such thing as a free lunch. Sure, there might be some IT functions you can outsource and have up and running tomorrow \u2026 but I haven\u2019t encountered them yet. Even the best outsource provider has a ramp up time. They have to learn your company, your systems, and your processes, just like a new hire would.\nAnd then there are the consequences of outsourcing: you don\u2019t have that knowledge in-house. Are you okay with that? What if the outsource provider goes bankrupt or you have a major falling out with them? That could be a problem.\nA third reason talent acquisition might be overlooked is because it is very easy to forget the connection between people and technology: \u201cI\u2019ve got bigger issues to worry about than the department headcount.\u201d But the truth is, the core of IT isn\u2019t your infrastructure or applications. It isn\u2019t your data and analytics. It\u2019s not even your processes and your procedures. How do I know? Because if you take away the people, IT comes to a screeching halt. People are the hub of IT. Everything else may be critical, but still secondary.\nSpend a moment thinking about the three issues we mentioned upfront \u2013 issues that are probably keeping countless CIOs up at night:\n\nCyber security is nothing if you don\u2019t have the people to keep your controls up to date\nCloud migrations disintegrate without people to take care of the myriad of moving parts involved in implementation\nShadow IT will take over the world unless you have people willing to weed it out and address the problems that gave rise to it in the first place\n\nWhat\u2019s the common denominator in defusing all of these potential threats? People. Therefore, what should be a top priority in the IT industry? Talent acquisition. Making sure you have the people necessary to handle the processes and the problems that make up an average day in IT.\nLet\u2019s be certain that the next time a survey is run in the IT industry, we get an overwhelming affirmative to the question, \u201cIs talent acquisition a priority at your company?\u201d\n*The survey, conducted by SurveyMonkey Audience, reached 276 IT professionals and was completed in December 2014.\nThis article was originally posted on Forbes and Sungard Availability Services.