Reskilling IT for digital success

CIOs cross-train employees in a variety of ways to round out their staffs’ skills for digital success. CIOs share their reskilling strategies and lessons learned.

Reskilling facilitates agile IT in the digital era
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The tech talent shortage has CIOs scrambling to ensure that employees brush up on the latest skills and technologies that facilitate business agility. Among the domains in the highest demand: cloud computing, machine learning, data science, software engineering and cybersecurity.

A lack of skills and resources has been either the No. 1 or the No. 2 obstacle to achieving organizational objectives, according to the past four annual Gartner CIO surveys.

“Strategic workforce management has changed drastically in the past 10 years, and the complexity is only increasing as the labor market tightens,” says Gartner analyst Alex Johnston. “Organizations are competing for skill sets that were previously unheard of but are now in extremely high demand.”

With digital business moving faster than organizations can keep up, CIOs need to do something different to get a different result. The following is a look at how several IT leaders are approaching this issue to create more productive, agile IT workforces.

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