Or is the talent lacking at the top?
Consumed => “CIOs Struggle with the Great Talent Hunt” by Stephanie Overby on CIO Magazine.
=> My value add (i.e., left a comment)…
Are typical IT types less business savvy then they should be? Probably. That said said, I’d like to share a couple thoughts:
1) At this point, why aren’t the non-IT employees expected to be more IT savvy? Owning a smartphone or knowing how to click a mouse should not be confused with architecting a user experience, writing the code, building the database, etc. There’s something wrong when in 2013 the favorite phrase of non-IT continues to be “It’s just…” (and not really having any idea what it is, or is not).
2) From InformationWeek a couple weeks back: “Why Tech Projects Fail: 5 Unspoken Reasons” (http://www.informationweek.com/global-cio/interviews/why-tech-projects-fail-5-unspoken-reason/240152282). How is biz savvy going to save a project from middle / upper management egos? In other words, of the project that are coming up short, how many – let’s be honest now – shouldn’t have been tackled in the first place?
In short, is there a gap in talent, or is the talent available being squandered, mis-managed, etc.? Since this is essentially the same article I’ve been reading over and over since the 80s I’m going to say it’s the latter far more than the former.
Finally, it’s ironic that in an industry that is focused on “systems” that collectively we continue to fail to holistically address the health and optimization of The System, but instead stick with cliches and place the blame on the staff (who by definition can only be as good as their leadership, organization, project management, technology, etc.)