Strategic planning and process change are the keys to better enabling business in 2010, according to a survey of IT professionals by the British Computer Society.
Almost 60% of survey participants said strategy and planning were key priorities in the coming year, while 45% targeted business change. Nurturing the talent and skills of the IT workforce followed in third place with 37%, just ahead of resource management at 36%.
"Current predictions of a fragile recovery for 2010 don't reveal the necessary strategic business changes and tough decisions that will be needed to make that happen across all sectors," said Cliff Lineker, strategic business development director at the BCS.
The survey of 119 IT decision-makers found that 97% of participants agreed it would be important to know exactly what skills their IT team possess; 87% wanted to map those skills against business requirements.
The BCS has developed a framework called SFIAplus to help firms produce skills-based job profiles and create development lists, objectives and plans.
Some 55% of IT professionals said that timely, accurate job profiles would deliver more successful IT projects.