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Business change management 'vital for operational efficiency'
UK chief information officers (CIOs) have identified business change management as the skill set that will play the most important role in helping them achieve operational efficiency over the next year.
A survey of CIOs from BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT has revealed that 26 per cent of respondents believe this to be the case, with business strategy and planning coming in second with 19 per cent.
These skills are considered particularly important as IT becomes a more important area for businesses, a trend that is changing the way many companies operate and leading to the prioritisation of different skills and objectives.
Because of this trend, CIOs are becoming more important in the executive structure, while companies also have to consider whether IT should still be considered a separate function.
Adam Thilthorpe, director of professionalism at the institute, said: "IT may still be one of the younger professions having emerged relatively recently; however, it is no less important. It is the profession that is enabling and driving many businesses."
Figures from the Interim Management Association published earlier this year show the value of the interim recruitment sector has risen sharply in the last five years, partly due to the change management expertise interims can offer.
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