Lack of management skills in IT costs firms millions

Management skills shortages in IT teams are costing organisations millions of pounds, a report has claimed.

More than 41% of CIOs in companies with...

Management skills shortages in IT teams are costing organisations millions of pounds, a report has claimed.

More than 41% of CIOs in companies with a turnover of between £250m and £1bn want to improve management skills within their departments, according to a survey by IT consultancy Xantus.

Nearly all the CIOs surveyed see a need to strengthen the business relationship and management skills of their IT staff, and 93% said these skills are hard to find.

Pete Stafford, CIO at Nationwide, said, "We all know that the IT function must get closer to the business strategy and to what the business is trying to do, but it is only going to achieve this by acting like an equal."

For many CIOs a lack of communication between their department and the rest of the organisation remains the biggest barrier to achieving this. Mike Bell, CIO at Kingfisher, said he avoids referring to his team as the "IT department" in order to encourage integration within the organisation.

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