Published on February 27, 2024, 8:24 am

IT organizations are undergoing significant transformations to adapt to the changing landscape of the future enterprise. With CIOs taking on a crucial role in leading this evolution, IT is becoming the backbone of the enterprise. As workplaces continue to evolve towards hybrid models, fresh challenges and opportunities emerge.

The perpetual struggle of finding and retaining tech talent persists, exacerbated by the ongoing transition to hybrid work models. Technology leaders must capitalize on these shifts to enhance online experiences, virtual engagements, and bolster competitiveness by nurturing people, talent, and skills.

A report by the World Economic Forum predicts a shift in job dynamics by 2023 – 85 million jobs may disappear while 97 million new ones emerge, requiring 50% of the workforce to undergo reskilling. Amidst this scenario, talent acquisition remains a pressing concern for IT organizations, especially following the surge in GenAI last year. How can CIOs address this shortage effectively?

Dr. Salim Al-Shuaili from Oman’s Ministry of Transportation & Information Technology emphasizes the importance of preparing people for future challenges through initiatives that equip job seekers and students with essential skills. Digitalizing services, fostering data-driven decision-making processes, implementing regulatory frameworks for AI technology are vital steps towards readiness in this era of transformation.

Tech landscapes are evolving rapidly with constant innovations; consequently, CIOs face talent shortages as specialized teams become harder to assemble for project requirements. Dr. Ebrahim Al Alkeem Al Zaabi from Abu Dhabi Government stresses the need for proactive individuals eager to learn and adapt within tech roles amidst these shortages.

Amidst market changes prompting demand shifts towards new fields, organizations and HR departments must align themselves with what modern CIOs require. The impetus for change needs to originate from top-tier leadership – a strategic shift towards early adoption is crucial. Dr. Ali Al Sanousi from Hamad Medical Corporation underscores the significance of transitioning from paper-based processes to digital systems over a decade ago – an arduous endeavor demanding skilled workers or extensive training programs for existing staff.

In conclusion, navigating through talent shortages requires a dynamic approach guided by forward-thinking strategies that recognize the transformative impact of AI technologies. By fostering an AI-oriented workforce capable of problem-solving and adaptation, organizations can bridge gaps and progress successfully into an increasingly digitized future.

Andrea Benito serves as Editor at CIO Middle East.

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