83% of global IT leaders intend to make software defined solutions (SDx) part of their wider ICT strategies, according to a new study by IT solutions and managed services provider Logicalis.
A survey of 177 CIOs and IT directors from mid-market organisations across 24 countries indicates that 61% of the respondents expect these solutions to impact their IT services and delivery strategies over the next three years.
34% expect that to happen in the next two years and 10% expect to engage with SDx in the next 12 months.
"These findings are entirely in keeping with CIOs' priorities, as they strive to re-invent IT departments as service brokers and internal service providers," said Mark Rogers, president and COO at Logicalis.
New breed of IT professionals
CIOs are looking towards hiring a new breed of business-orientated IT professionals who can translate business needs into policy frameworks that can support extensive IT automation.
34% of CIOs prioritize 'technical skills' when recruiting IT staff and the remaining two thirds instead look first at business skills like communication, service management and business analysis.
65% of CIOs are ready to pay more for the skills required to make the most of SDx solutions. A quarter of the respondents said they would pay 5-10% more, and a fifth (22%) would pay 10-20% more.
"The CIO operating as an internal service provider will now be looking to invest in the business skills of existing people, and also have to take some hard decisions to replace outdated technology skills and people with those who can bring the skills needed to operate in a world where every more the business is driving technology choices," added Rogers.
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