IT Solutions Blog

Nationwide survey reveals Cyber Security lessons for IT departments

by Holly Burnett 10 December 2020

There was a 44 percent increase in Cyber Security firms between 2017 and 2019, a 37 percent increase in Cyber Security workers and a 46 percent rise in associated revenue. Historically Cyber Security has only accounted for approximately 5 percent of the IT budget; however, the Cyber Security: Building Business Resilience report claims that spending on Cyber Security will double to £136bn this year.

 

Topics: CDO, Cyber Security, CTO, Covid-19, IT leaders, CISO

How do IT leaders manage their professional development?

by Holly Burnett 14 October 2020

This month Crimson's Senior Appointments team approached our network of C-level technologists to get the low down on their attitude towards professional development.

Qualifications are the most popular form of learning



Perhaps it's the sense of achievement or the certification that we can add to our CV, but qualifications were by far, the most popular option for developing our functional skills.

Topics: Digital Transformation, CIO, IT Jobs, Offshore IT, CTO, IT strategy, IT and business goals, professional development

Global CIO survey highlights what tech leaders can learn from COVID-19

by Holly Burnett 14 October 2020

The CIO Survey is a global technology trend report published annually by Harvey Nash and KPMG. Featuring the opinions of over 4,200 technology leaders and now in its 22nd year, it is one of the largest technology reports that exists today. 

Data gathered in this year's edition reflects on the effects of the pandemic, offering a unique insight into the minds of our technology peers; how they're navigating the new normal and their plans for 2021.

COVID-19 increased our IT budgets by approximately 5%

During the first few months of the pandemic, IT departments had to act fast, setting employees up to work from home securely and meeting customer demands with digital adaptations. For most organisations, IT spend is now at an all-time high, 29 percent of survey participants believe that the pandemic has permanently increased investment in business managed IT. This surge in investment has left many companies questioning their IT spend and how they can balance, the balance sheet.

Two strategic drivers remain the same when considering IT investment: operational efficiency and customer engagement. But the lens in which decisions are being made has shifted. Short-term decision making remains the order of the day, though leaders say they may be more confident about longer and mid-term planning as we move into the new year. Flexibility remains key as we continue to venture into the unknown.

Out are long-term, riskier investments (such as ERP), in are quick innovations on technologies such as Microsoft's Power Platform, empowering creative 'citizen developers' within the organisation. Today's decisions centre around how technology can manage cashflow, drive innovation speed to market, and realise value sooner.

Each sector has its challenges and opportunities

Topics: Digital Transformation, CIO, IT Jobs, Leadership, Cyber Security, information security, CTO, IT Architecture, IT and business goals, Remote Working, Coronavirus, Senior Appointments

What does the IT landscape look like post-COVID-19?

by Holly Burnett 21 August 2020

Now the dust has settled on the 'new normal' Crimson's Senior Appointments practice asked our community of tech leaders how IT departments will change post-Covid.

The future is flexible  



Just ten percent of respondents indicated that techies would be returning to the office to complete their regular working hours. The remaining ninety percent suggested flexible working will be on the agenda. YouGov research found that just one in four people want to go back to the office full-time post-pandemic. In a recent Evening Standard article, many FTSE 100 companies said they only have a small percentage of employees on-site and plan to introduce flexible working programmes to retain employees.

Topics: Digital Transformation, CIO, IT Jobs, Offshore IT, Staff retention, CTO, IT recruitment agency, IT strategy, IT and business goals, Covid-19, Coronavirus

Why you should attend: The CIO Candidate Workshop

by Holly Burnett 13 August 2019

This week we met with Crimson’s Caisha Sheikh, Caisha has worked within CIO search and selection for a number of years and is now in charge of maintaining Crimson’s most senior partnerships. Caisha is passionate about giving senior candidates the support they need to reach new career heights. Her next workshop is on 29th August.

Topics: CIO, IT Jobs, CDO, Leadership, CTO, Career Coaching, Career Goals, Workshops

Why are CIOs paid more than CTOs?

by Will Astbury 25 July 2017

The consultants within Crimson's IT recruitment agency are often asked why CTOs aren't paid the same as CIOs.

In her latest article for LinkedIn Pulse, Caisha Sheikh discusses some of the factors that influence the salaries of IT leaders.

Topics: IT Recruitment, CIO, IT Jobs, IT Salary Survey, CTO