Digital Skills Landscape Report 2018
BSMimpact and SkillsTx have great pleasure in releasing the latest Digital Skills Landscape Report.
The data in this report comprises an analysis of the capabilities, competencies and skills of Digital, Cyber and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professionals, and comes from BSMimpact’s instance of the SkillsTx system. SkillsTx is used to support BSMimpact’s clients in their adoption and embedding of SFIA – the Skills Framework for the Information Age.
The data analysed in the report is from 4,902 individuals within a spectrum of organisations who have used SFIA6 to produce a baseline of their current skills through self-assessment, and data input by assessors who have conducted one-to-one skills discussions to gather verbal evidence to produce a validated assessment for 2,915 of these individuals following the self-assessment activity. All of the data is from self-assessments and validations carried out since the launch of SFIA6 (July 2015 to the end of December 2017).It therefore provides a useful insight into the strengths, weaknesses and general distribution of skills within a cross-section of digitally-dependent industries. This information can be used as a valuable tool in assessing skills trends and contrasting those with the skills distribution within your own organization.
As mentioned in the introduction of the report, a release from Gartner on March 27, 2018, stated:
“Gartner predicts that, by 2020, 75 percent of organizations will experience visible business disruptions due to I&O [IT Infrastructure & Operations Management] skills gaps, which is an increase from less than 20 percent in 2016. Given the lack of digital dexterity for hire, I&O leaders must begin by developing these skills with the talent they already have. Most companies don’t have an accurate inventory of the available skills of their current IT workforces, so this must be a first step.”
A 2018 Digital Leaders survey from BCS uncovered a common vulnerability which risks their brand reputation and organisation’s success by failing to deliver on promises to customer, internal stakeholders and investors:
“Only 14% of participants feel their organisation has enough resources to achieve success in 2018”
Six out of seven admit to being in this position, and even the other one is only relying on “feel”! How did you get there, and, more importantly, what urgent action is needed to help fix this? Having the right people with the right skills at appropriate levels, is essential for all organisations. Getting there requires a definitive and detailed answer to two key questions:
What skills do we have?
What skills do we need?
Is it acceptable for any CIO, COO, HR Director, or any senior leader, to not know the answers?
Observations and Conclusions:
The observations, conclusions and guidance contained in the report is the product of several experienced resources from the BSMimpact and SkillsTx team. We believe that they will be useful to many organisations world-wide.
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