The talent market for IT professionals is getting really tight. Here’s why:
CEOs have come to understand that technology innovation is critical to every facet of their business. On the front end, their company’s growth now depends on digital technologies that improve the customer experience. On the back end, infrastructure costs from legacy systems have become too high, so infrastructure is also a locus for technology innovation and change. And let’s not forget the employee: The digital workplace is now a must-have. Our younger employees expect a “consumer” experience at work; their retention and productivity depend on it.
Every CEO wants a CIO who can innovate in all of these areas, and every CIO wants a senior leadership team that is technical, is knowledgeable about the business, has great interpersonal skills, and can lead change. And while many HR leaders are rising to the IT leadership challenge with training and rotational programs to mint these multi-faceted leaders, that minting takes time, which is something most companies do not have.
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