As the IT sector continues to evolve, the challenges that every IT Principal faces seem to grow as well. There are always new, must-have solutions to services that beg for a piece of the budget and finding the right professionals to manage them is getting harder.
TechAmerica has released the results of its annual government CIO survey, and while budget concerns remain the top concern for 28 percent of respondents, cyber security, recruiting and retaining impactful IT talent have been added to the list.
Many of these challenges can be traced back to financial problems. Having less money means IT Principals are forced to make smaller investments instead of a wholesale overhaul. This leads organizations to stretch out legacy systems that they should have replaced years ago because they cannot afford to upgrade.
This is not necessarily a bad thing.
Dave McClure, an associate administrator of the General Services Administration, spoke with CIO about the survey. He mentioned that being forced to be smart with money helps decision makers weed out obsolete or underperforming activities.
"When budgets are tight, you have to get really serious about what you're spending money on," McClure said. "I think that's a healthy exercise to go through, because every year if you get your budget you don't ask yourself those questions."
However, there are downsides. With such tight wallets, the ability to find impactful talent is becoming more difficult. Small businesses and those that cannot spend large amounts of money are losing out on quality professionals and becoming frustrated.
A smart answer to the problem, though, is for companies to partner with a reliable solution provider. VARs and MSPs that have partnered with VAR Staffing can become a go-to resource for any business.