Leading in 3D: Innovation and Talent ManagementThis IDC study provides CIOs and IT leaders an understanding of the talent needed for an IT organization that empowers a company to continually create innovative IT-enabled products and services. Specifically, this study identifies how to recruit, cultivate, and maximize the talent needed for innovation. As knowledge and skills needed to leverage the latest technology are most often in the shortest supply, it is important for IT leaders to aggressively pursue and cultivate these talent needs. This study enables IT leaders to understand the specific knowledge and skills needed to operate as an innovative IT organization and how to assess their current talent resources in this respect. Furthermore, it enables IT leaders to identify the steps needed to eliminate the gap in their current talent pool and begin to build an IT organization that will meet the business challenges of remaining competitive in our fast-paced marketplace.This study is concerned with IT talent and skills management, IT organizational development, and worksource transformation. According to Eric Bloom and Amy Young, coauthors and adjunct analysts with IDC's IT Executive Program (IEP), "The pace of innovation will continue to increase — caused by ever-accelerating technological advancement, continued movement toward digital transformation, competitive necessity, and the incoming generation of technically oriented senior business executives. This drive toward continual process/technological enhancement will multiply the stresses placed on IT to maintain the string of productionized technologies and processes that innovation leaves in its wake, and to grasp and operationalize the next business-appropriate initiative."