Conclusion: There is compelling evidence in Australia and New Zealand that ongoing investment in IT is being hindered by a shortage of trained IT professionals. While the evidence, which is in industry surveys, government statistics and job advertisements, is compelling it begs the question, ‘What can I do to mitigate the shortage of skilled IT and business professionals in my organisation?’

While innovative strategies are presented in this article, they are no substitute for sound HR practices, such as implementing flexible working and leave arrangements, sound benefits management and using astute people management practices.

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Alan Hansell

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Alan Hansell

Alan Hansell is an emeritus IBRS advisor who focused on IT and business management. Alan specialised in critiquing and commenting on IT and business management trends, ways to justify and maximise the benefits from IT-related investment, IS management development and the role of the CIO. Alan has extensive experience in IT management, consulting and advising senior managers in matters related to IT investment. He was a Director in Gartner's Executive program and adviser to over 50 CIOs and business managers and before joining Gartner a consultant with DMR Group. He also worked as an IS professional, manager and industry consultant for IBM for nearly 30 years. Alan is a CPA and Associate of Governance Institute of Australia.