Harvey Nash CIO Survey reveals big data analytics jumps to No.1 in demand skill, big growth in CDO roles
Digital innovation is dominating the agenda of technology leaders, but many companies in the Asia-Pacific region are struggling to manage it, according to the global Harvey Nash 2015 CIO Survey in association with KPMG. The survey revealed that despite efforts to close the skills gap, concerns over shortages worldwide are now one third higher than in 2013. This is particularly pertinent in Asia-Pacific; with 71 per cent of CIOs in the region believing a skills shortage is preventing their organisation from keeping up with the pace of change, 12 per cent higher than the global average.
Globally, the survey revealed the demand for big data analytic skills has leapt to the number one most in demand skill, skyrocketing to almost six times higher than the next most scarce skill – change management. Two thirds (66 per cent) of CIOs report digital disruption [change resulting from digital technologies that disrupt established business models] as a very significant change to business, driving them to create new business models and bring new products and services to market faster than they ever have before. Only one in ten CIOs believe their organisation will be unaffected by digital disruption in the coming years.
The 2015 survey received a record number of responses, from nearly 4,000 IT leaders across more than 50 countries. Capturing more than a quarter of a million data points, it is believed to be the largest survey of IT leadership in the world. The survey findings reveal that CIOs in the region are more likely to have received a pay rise, with 58 per cent having seen an increase in salary over the last year, almost double the global average of 31 per cent. Cyber security is highlighted as a critical business concern in Asia Pacific, with 35 per cent of CIOs having faced a major IT security attack in the last year alone, 10 per cent higher than the global average.
Nick Marsh, Managing Director of Harvey Nash Executive Search APAC, comments: “The most striking thing about the results of the Harvey Nash CIO Survey, is the speed of change. In the seventeen years we have conducted the survey we have never seen a new role have such an impact as we have the Chief Digital Officer role. We have never seen demand for a skill increase as quickly as we have for big data analytics. The power of digital technology is totally transforming the business landscape. For CIOs with the influence, connections and technical ability, it’s an exciting time to shine.”
Additional key findings from the Harvey Nash 2015 CIO Survey in association with KPMG include:
The Chief Digital Officer grows in prominence, but the role is still evolving
Top CIO operational priorities
Women in IT stalemate
CIOs are satisfied
CIOs becoming more confident in the role they play in digital
Accessing skills from outside the organization
About the Survey
The Harvey Nash CIO Survey 2015, in association with KPMG, collected data between 6th January and 19th April 2015 and represents the views of 3,691 technology leaders from more than 30 countries, with a combined IT spend of over $200bn. Of the respondents, 33 per cent identified themselves as CIOs, 9 per cent as CTOs, 32 per cent as director / VP in technology and the remaining 26 per cent were spread between a broad range of roles including CEO, COO, CDO and senior executives.
For more information about the survey and to request a full copy of the results, please visit www.harveynash.com/ciosurvey or email firstname.lastname@example.org.