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Talent war to push CIOs toward consultancies, managed services in ’22

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This will be the year CIOs should be able to move past short-term projects that deal with pandemic-related workplace issues and focus on longer-term IT projects, according to a new study by Gartner Research.

Despite the Omicron COVID-19 variant, an economic recovery — with high expectations for spending on digital transformation projects — is likely to continue to boost technology investments this year.

This year, worldwide IT spending is projected to reach $4.45 trillion, an increase of 5.1% from 2021, according to Gartner’s Worldwide IT Spending Forecast, which was released Tuesday. That growth is expected to continue into 2023, when another 5% in IT spending will be added — bringing the worldwide total of nearly $4.7 trillion.

This year, a dearth of IT skills among staff, wage inflation, and a war for talent will likely push CIOs to rely more on consultancies and managed service firms to pursue digital strategies, according to Gartner.

“The war for talent is critical battle ground for CIOs. There is a growing amount of work they need to accomplish, and while timelines have extended somewhat, there is still urgency,” John-David Lovelock, a distinguished research vice president at Gartner, said in an email reply to Computerworld.

“Unfortunately, CIOs are at a disadvantage when attacking top talent — there is more money and better opportunities within [technology service providers] for top IT skills,” Lovelock continued. “In order to maximize productivity of their existing IT staff, CIOs will be outsourcing more to free up time, training existing staff in the desired skills and hiring consultants to fulfill critical skilled roles. This will last at least through 2022.”

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