Challenges faced by IT leaders

Let’s understand the background of top challenges faced by IT leaders in 2021. Digital transformation remains an important consideration for business leaders but along with transformation the major thing to focus is on the process to get transformation in the system and hit the target. According to Stephanie of Enterprise Project, full culture change is on the horizon for 2021. 

The digital world is obviously making a huge presence and still is the priority with reference to funding. A recent Gartner report shows that two-thirds of companies fail to deliver promises and also reveal ‘enterprise weakness’ and this brings a gap between expectations and results and causes uncertainty in an organisation.

The top challenges IT leaders will face in 2021 and the facts behind it.

1) The gig economy 

Telecommunication and the gig economy are exploring and few secrets come along with it. Due to exploding and exploring come difficulty of data and IP security. The distributed team benefit includes flexibility and quick-pivoting. the Gartner reports warns that “a growing remote workforce both the work-from-home and co-workspace expose the organization’s vulnerabilities unintentionally thus security is a tip.” Another gig economy is finding the proper talent.

2) Data privacy

Well, data privacy is a major concern thus GDPR and California consumer privacy act (CCPA) need to be addressed by various segments within the organization at the danger of heavy and rigid penalties. The innovative businessman will continue to work on new solutions and unique features to satisfy the needs.

3) Security 

Zero-day vulnerabilities receive the foremost attention from the media but in 2021 hackers won’t bother from the highly publicized attacks. Simple strategies will work like gaining access to a network through a vendor. Another major concern is the rise of ransomware, the organization will need to create a new role with expert suggestions that will be entirely dedicated to combating cybersecurity threats. businesses and customers now expect software and solutions to have rapid release and adapt solutions over time almost like consumer technology as explained by Matt Mead, CTO of SPR. CIO needs to manage all IT projects in such a way that it mitigates risk. Projects are using a modern agile approach and place all high-risk activities early during a project’s life cycle. 

4) Skills gap

the talent gap will cause organizations to seem to automate for solutions. as we look to 2021, the IT team is expecting to witness specialise intelligent automation and AIOps to assist them and automating repetitive tasks and processes and enabling each IT leaders to manage increasingly more infrastructure and enabling IT leaders to manage more infrastructure on a per-person basis. 

5) Upskilling

Technologies keep on evolving, and as a result, developing new skills becomes a challenge. A culture of development and learning with improve retention in the organization.

6) Culture Change

A change of mindset within the organization works wonders. It is more important than reliance on technology and digital transformation. In the coming years, business leaders will understand how digital transformation will become a part of how business leaders will solve challenges. 

7) New security threats

The new security threats are grabbing the headline and have become a sensation. The government shutdown helped contribute to an excellent cyber threat to the U.S government, critical infrastructure and other public organizations. The shutdown created a much bigger hole and open space for cyber attackers. Time will suggest if a month of lowered defence will cause a major impact and leave deeper repercussions in 2019 and beyond.

8) Multi-cloud security 

CIO now got to ask about security across multiple platforms when exploring cloud-based services. Multi-cloud leads the enterprise to manage incompatible and inconsistent security systems. Selecting a cross-cloud, cloud-agnostic security platform is now fundamental in ensuring consistency and completeness of securing enterprise-wide assets no matter where these assets live.

9) Innovation and digital transformation

according to Gartner data, two-third of business leaders think their companies got to speed up their digital transformation or else they have to lose their face to competitors.

most companies will continue on an equivalent path until they are forced to do otherwise. 

Tying IT to strategic business capabilities and answering the question about how it will make us more competitive? Is the need of the hour. 

Instead of project-based funding value stream-based funding as it is simpler at tying board-level objectives to budgetary influences. If we compare value structure and process efficiencies of legacy vs a nimble digital capability – the major difference is nimble is less expensive and far more efficient.

10) Looking for new revenue streams

As the business landscape is evolving the essential premise of creating a profit is the same. The process of finding and evolving revenue opportunities hasn’t changed. Finding a solution to a problem will solve common prevalent thing for which people can pay. What exactly has changed is the emphasis on direct revenue generation landing with the CIO’s lap. To remain relevant to CIO many are working to try to productize themselves.

11) Outsourcing risk

The skill gap will lead many organizations to seek outside help. But such sometimes-necessary solutions can raise reliability and security concerns. Our main concern is to deliver on the guarantees we make to every customer. You build your reputation and business on the critical thing. In the outsourcing world, the standard of the deliverable is unusual and at the mercy of outsourced firms. PatternBots use strict third-party vendor assessments to gauge partners with the event while working on a sensitive nature project. In case of quality concerns the outsourcing open up security threats. The specific threat for CIOs that stay top of the mind are the insider and thus until we move faraway from passwords for credentials, human still is the most important threat.

12) Lack of agility 

Organizations that aim at including agile methods sometimes end up limping. In short, it is the worst of both worlds. Developers are coding with little conceptual understanding of how a button or feature fits within the general user experience. A disciplined approach is required to pull this off. Answer to specific problems are addressed within a particular release. Each release is coordinated for a group of sprints to find a comprehensive solution that adds to the UX. 


13) Business results

There is a disconnect between what’s put aside for the IT budget and measurable results for the business. There is too much momentum behind the way things are currently done and solutions are acquired automatically. organisations cobble together partial solutions and can’t ever fully address the root of IT challenges.