IT Talent and Skills Management: Harnessing the IT Staffing Life Cycle

IT Talent and Skills Management: Harnessing the IT Staffing Life Cycle

This IDC study outlines IT staff planning and the IT employee life cycle including employees, contractors, and vendors and the physical locations in which they reside. It begins by describing, from a CIO's perspective, the analysis that must be performed to properly construct a successful and efficient IT workforce plan. This study then discusses how to use this analysis to develop a workforce plan and an overall physical strategic location plan. It highlights the importance of proper execution and using measurement as a way to provide input into the next year's plan and perform corrective action if needed and as a basis for benchmarking and trending in future years. This document enables CIOs and other IT executives and their human resources counterparts to develop a staff planning and IT employee life-cycle document with the goal of:Enhancing overall IT efficiencyBuilding future IT management bench strengthMeeting the challenges caused by the movement toward new technologiesMaximizing IT's return on investment to the organization IT serves"Proper staff management requires a deep understanding of IT and organizational goals and the staffing levels needed to meet these goals as well as an up-to-date skills inventory," says Eric Bloom, adjunct analyst with IDC's Research Network. "This knowledge must then be synthesized and transformed into an overall IT workforce plan that considers current staff shortages, skill gaps, physical location considerations, and staff retention challenges."

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In This Study
Situation Overview
Strategic Goal Analysis
Required Workforce Analysis
Current Workforce Assessment
Workforce Planning
Strategic Location Design
Recruitment, Movement, and Retention Plan
Workforce Plan Execution
Standard Human Resource Processing
Vendor Management
Workforce Location Management
Future Outlook
Essential Guidance
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