Gartner Research

The New Realities for IT Careers

Published: 23 December 2014

ID: G00271214

Analyst(s): Jack Santos


What are the changes happening to IT career trajectories, and what do they mean to the IT practitioner? This document is a review of Gartner surveys of IT professionals, in the context of similar research concerning and surveys of CIOs and IT leaders.

Table Of Contents



  • The New Realities: A View From the Trenches
    • Reality No. 1: Expectations Have Changed — Efficiency Is Assumed, but It's Not Enough
    • Reality No. 2: "Classic IT" Is Redefined
    • Reality No. 3: The IT Workforce Has New Realities Too
    • Reality No. 4: Communication Is Job No. 1, and the Business Point of View Rules!
  • Reshaping IT: Pertinent Lessons From Our CIO Research
  • Key Finding: IT Professionals Recognize the Need for Nontechnical Skills
  • Objects in the Future Are Closer Than They Appear
  • That Ceiling Isn't Wood, Plaster or Glass — It's Harder Than That
  • Do Ceilings Matter?
  • In the World of the Nexus, the Soft-Skilled Technologist Wins


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