What measures should CIOs take to boost business innovation?

What measures should CIOs take to boost business innovation?

97 per cent of Australian CIOs said they are ramping up measures over the next 12 months

CIO’s are embracing the innovation trend, with 97 per cent currently implementing measures to boost business, according to Robert Half.

In a recent survey conducted by the human resource consulting firm, it found that the majority of Australian CIOs said their business could be more innovative, with an average score levelling out to be 3.9 out of 5.

Consequently, Australian companies are executing innovative measures made up of a combination of technology and people.

The survey revealed that human capital tops the list with 51 per cent of Australian companies planning to employ IT talent with unique skills over the next 12 months.

Additionally, 49 per cent plan on reshaping the network infrastructure of the business to improve operational processes and 48 per cent point are focused on building datacentres with a view to leverage Big Data more efficiently.

The survey also showed that 29 per cent are looking to develop new technology tool like app development, to improve customer experience and 33 per cent are honing focus on establishing collaborative work environments.

Robert Half Asia-Pacific senior managing director, David Jones, said, “Technology is without a doubt a driver of innovation.

"Digital technologies like mobile, Cloud, and Big Data have created massive opportunities for IT innovation to deliver company progression. Leveraging new technologies to optimise customer experience, automate processes and enhance employee efficiency are examples of how technology can be the catalyst for innovation,” he said.

Jones also noted that companies need to ensure they have the best human resources to complement IT initiatives.

“Investing in and continuously optimising the technological infrastructure as well as recruiting talented IT staff are both crucial elements in establishing an innovative culture,” he added.

The survey found that 91 per cent of Australian CIOs have signified challenges in finding and retaining IT skilled staff.

Jones said that having an innovative corporate culture can create a point of difference and could work to retain staff.

“Top tech talent are looking for professional opportunities where they can have a meaningful impact by developing and driving innovation. This is why companies with a visibly innovative culture have an advantage in attracting and retaining the best IT professionals.

"The better a company communicates its focus on innovation, the more attractive it will be to the top IT professionals,” he added.

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