Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 57 - Page 48

CIO OPINION to take on necessary tasks . Expanding access to automation and offering the accompanying training opportunities can be a major value add to both existing workers and prospects . In fact , 85 % believe automation will help them retain employees and hire new talent amid the Great Resignation .
Recent research found that roughly 86 % of employees say that job training is important to them – and nearly three out of every four ( 74 %) are willing to learn things outside of work hours to improve their job performance . CIOs must be aware that by reinforcing their investments in automation and offering employees training opportunities to maximise the technology ’ s potential , they can both effectively combat current labour shortages and prepare their employees for the future of work .
Accelerating digital solutions delivery
IT is both a fulcrum and a bottleneck , taking on critical software development , but never having enough developers to deal with all of the ideas from across the business . Automation not only helps in streamlining operations but also expedites the development activities of the IT department . It not only serves the business demand in a timely
It is now more critical than ever that CIOs maximise the potential of their technology investments . fashion without increasing backlog , but it also helps in delivering digital solutions faster which further transforms new business models and generates more revenue for the organisation .
The low-code automation platform also democratises the development process and makes it easier for employees to implement their automation ideas , without necessarily needing formal training in coding or other technical skills . This frees up availability for the IT teams to tackle bigger issues that truly require developers ’ expertise . They don ’ t have to devote sprints to task automations , that , while helpful , are not the end-to-end processes most CIOs crave automating . When the entire organisation is equipped with a low-code platform , CIOs can prioritise the IT department ’ s valuable time on features that will propel the business .
Tackling macroeconomic challenges head on
The role of a CIO is undoubtedly more highly pressured than ever before – and with that comes a constant need to prove the value of technology investments made within their company . Fortunately , technology , and more specifically automation , plays a key role helping businesses tackle the macroeconomic difficulties businesses are currently facing , as well as the Great Resignation and labour shortage . The best talent can be both attracted and retained with the promise of being upskilled in automation . A CIO ’ s priorities revolve around balancing operational excellence , improving customer and employee experience and accelerating a digital growth – and automation can help achieve these priorities simultaneously . p
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