Any business fears the "perfect storm." Hurricane Sandy brought the term back into context and away from the George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg movie that shares the name. When multiple, seemingly unrelated events come together in a daunting fashion, it can cause major headaches. IT Principals are facing this phenomenon more than ever.
With the advancements in technology, demand for the latest innovations, high expectations from executives and the growing skills gap, a perfect storm has been gaining strength in IT departments. Decision makers are facing a combined breadth of challenges and without the right resources, IT Principals could succumb to the pressure.
In an interview with Search CIO, IT staffing expert Melisa Bockrath spoke about these hurdles and the steps that should be taken to ensure organizations stay competitive. According to Bockrath, there is no single solution but rather it takes a combination of outsourcing, internal resources, retention of talent and looking into IT-specific hiring practices.
"HR departments have historically looked at full-time hiring as their responsibility, but they have not really brought into the fold contractors, free agents, other ways of sourcing for talent," said Bockrath. "Their eyes are opening, though. They need to look at all of the different talent pools they can have access to. Some could be retirees who can be brought back to work on part-time projects."
She goes on to say that while it is a challenge, being successful can change the way CIOs and IT are viewed. The department can move away from being a support role and into an asset that can drive revenue and growth of the company.
By leaning on reliable resources, IT Principals will find themselves in a much better situation when it comes to overcoming challenges. VAR Staffing can help Solution Providers stand out among the competition by providing the most impactful talent in the market.