The year 2022 is rapidly approaching, and with it, the promise of a new era of clarity and understanding. Unfortunately, what we have seen instead is an unprecedented period of transformation and adjustment. As we approach the new year, it is likely that we will continue to face a landscape of continual change and uncertainty. To stay ahead of such a dynamic environment, it is important to remain agile and to continually re-evaluate and adjust strategies and approaches. By taking a proactive stance and regularly assessing the current situation, businesses, organisations, and individuals can be better prepared to face the challenges of the ever-shifting landscape.
According to IDG’s August Pandemic Business Impact Survey of 400 IT professionals, it is now imperative to take proactive measures. The survey revealed “clear signals” that the focus is transitioning from crisis management to the implementation of strategic plans. As the end of 2022 approaches, organisations are beginning to look beyond crisis response and towards long-term planning.
Some of the most important results of the survey are:
- In 2022, 41 percent anticipate a rise in spending on technology.
- Sixty-nine percent said the epidemic has pushed them to work faster on projects
- More than half of businesses would not re-establish their teams in the office.
- Businesses may function with as little as 23% of their staff present.
- Sixty-two percent think it will be just as hard, if not worse, to find employees after the epidemic as it was before.
In recent years, the trend toward remote work has accelerated.
The results of the poll showed that remote work is proving to be successful for most organisations. Over half of those questioned said they had no plans to go back to the office, which is likely due to the changing attitudes towards remote working, as the majority of companies now have a more positive outlook towards it than they did before the pandemic. This shift in mindset is further demonstrated by the fact that managers now understand that they can manage with only a quarter of their team physically present.
Despite the current economic instability, many businesses are increasing their investment in information technology and accelerating their development process. This is due to the expanding demand of customers for digital products and services. As customers’ needs change, companies are raising their efforts to digitally transform in order to keep up with the competition and satisfy the demands of their investors for more superior digital experiences.
Despite the difficulty in finding new employees, it does not appear as if this trend will shift in the foreseeable future. Consequently, businesses may need to implement new strategies for acquiring talent, as a range of factors come into play. These include the need for expedience in the face of persistent staffing struggles, and an increasing comfort level with remote working. To help meet deadlines and stay within budget, employers may need to draw from a global pool of workers, as the traditional timeframe of 30 to 60 days for recruitment may not be feasible in some scenarios, thus making this approach invaluable.
In fact, according to a poll conducted by IDG, a full 30% of respondents were receptive to the concept of bringing on external engineers to assist with their projects. This should lead to a reconsideration of how organisations can best supplement their engineering teams. It is not simply a matter of transferring responsibility or cutting costs; it is also about expediting progress and having the ability to quickly adjust to changing conditions while having the right expertise on hand when necessary.
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