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Leading off this week’s roundup, from our sister site SearchCIO-Midmarket.com, we have a CIO whose gold medal-worthy green tech innovation is truly energizing London’s Olympic Park. Also, read about how speeding to market with software could kill a trading firm, and read about the CIO’s role in IT transformation.
As chronicled on the SearchCIO-Midmarket.com blog, CIO Symmetry, the CIO of the London summer games scored big, lighting up Olympic Park with green tech innovation. And he didn’t even have to put on a Speedo.
Speed is great for sprinters and the like but can be downright dangerous for makers of stock-trading software. Perhaps Wall Street’s third stock-trading fiasco in five months will drive home this point.
Winning by changing the rules doesn’t sound very sportsmanlike. Unless we’re talking victory over network hackers — then by all means we ought to hear out the argument for changing the rules of writing code.
Think social collaboration is a frivolous pursuit? Perhaps this bar graph can convince you otherwise.
Finally, be sure to check out this week’s CIO Matters column, in which SearchCIO.com’s Editorial Director Scot Petersen looks at the role of the CIO in the midst of IT transformation.]]>
Actually, the title that SAP America Inc. (which commissioned the study) went with was a bit drier: Job Growth in the Forecast: How Cloud Computing is Generating New Business Opportunities and Fueling Job Growth in the United States. Still, the bullet points were pretty juicy (italics are mine):
Study authors that maintain cloud computing has greater potential for employment growth than the Internet in its early years. Another exclamation-point-worthy prediction!
Indeed, it was all so hopeful until a comment on the study in my Twitter feed gave me pause: “Is this just swapsies?”
An interesting question, adorably phrased. In other words, are these new jobs really new jobs for new employees? Or will they mostly be filled by people put out of work because of outsourcing to the cloud? You could be laid off, then get a job with a cloud service provider and technically end up working for the same people who dumped you in the first place. I’m not knocking the idea of “swapsies” — anything that gets people re-employed is a good thing. But it’s not the same thing as growth. Some cloud jobs could require unique new skills the laid-off workers might not have — but how many “new” jobs would that account for?
Other data that gave me pause were those 472,000 jobs in the U.S. and abroad. How exactly does that big number break down stateside? And by abroad, does the SAP study mean low-paying offshore locations? Also, the technology savings generated by cloud could lead companies to create new businesses and add more jobs — or it could just result in companies spending less on technology.
What’s your gut on the job-adding potential of cloud? Is this a solid proposition, or do they have their heads in the — well, you know. Please share your thoughts in the comments!]]>
Gartner Inc. predicts that because of technology staffing shortfalls, three out of 10 Global 2000 companies will miss their public business targets for “growth that is driven by information and technology.” This prediction reaches as far out as 2016, and that does not bode well for the CIO job.
The Corporate Executive Board (CEB) believes that a business services, not an IT services, organization is the wave of the future. The CIO won’t necessarily be in charge of this shared services organization. A service broker management office, a separate shared services unit or a new position title that does not come from the IT ranks could well be in charge of this function and the staff behind it, according to Washington, D.C.-based CEB.
The demand for people with new types of skills and for IT to drive new business is “soaring,” according to Gartner analyst Diane Morello. “Meanwhile, access and the ability to find and bring people up to speed at the quantity and pace the business needs are staying static,” she said during a presentation at the recent Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando.
Some CIOs, like Frank Wander at The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, are focusing on developing and maintaining existing skills. Read more about his strategy to create a “healthy social environment” for the IT knowledge worker.
Maintaining is not enough, however. CIOs need to be prepared to fill a number of new IT roles: collaboration or social media evangelist, service architect, technology broker, cloud integration specialist, information insight enabler, and user experience designer, to name a few, according to CEB.
What is alarming is the disconnect between CEOs’ and CIOs’ staffing priorities. A survey of 350 senior executives and CEOs ranked the attraction and retention of talented people as their No. 2 priority in 2011. A similar 2011 survey of CIOs ranked technology staffing as their No. 6 priority, according to Gartner.
We’d like to hear about your staffing priorities, predictions and advice; email Christina Torode, News Director.]]>