What keeps IT executives up at night? Featured on Examiner.com By Jim Sullivan, Denver Information Technology Examiner
Colorado’s Technology Organization, CSIA, held a panel discussion in Denver last week focused on the issues that are foremost in the mind of the state’s industry leaders. The event was sponsored by Robert Half Technologies and Latisys and featured a panel of IT executives from several locally based tech companies including Intrado and ProLogis.
Foremost on the mind of most of the panel was the aging of their existing infrastructure and legacy systems. This challenge is amplified by the continued effort of business leaders to reduce costs across the company. Leaders are being challenged to "keep the lights on” in key systems while integrating and innovating in preparation for expected growth. No one on the panel wanted to be in a position where they were playing technology catch-up during an economic growth cycle. This means stretching a limited budget across maintenance projects on aging systems while managing and implementing new technologies.
Another challenge mentioned was the acquisition and retention of skilled technology talent. Statistics cited during the discussion included the expected increase in technology salaries in 2011, an average 3.4%, and the lower unemployment rates for IT professionals in Denver when compared to the national average. Each recognized the need to better engage tech teams with business leadership as part of a retention program, another good sign for tech professionals.