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Technology predictions that CIOs and IT Managers need to be aware of

CIOs are being pushed by the advance of new technologies. Janco has updated the IT Infrastructure Strategy and Charter template to make it easier to get in front of the power curve

IT InfrastructureThere are 10 predictions that have been made by a major research firm for the next decade.
SmartPhones and tablets are changing the way the way people and business browse the Internet, shop, provide service and communicate with suppliers, customers and associates.
CIOs need to have the right foundation. Leadership begins with having a strategy in place that works and then having the right people in place to create and implement the .

  1. WikiLeaks effect will be felt as enterprises and governments will fail to protect most of their sensitive data, and declassify and grant broad/public access to it
  2. The labor reduction effect of digitization will cause social unrest and a quest for new economic models in mature economies
  3. Most knowledge workers' career paths will be disrupted by smart machines in positive and negative ways
  4. 3D printing will bring the specter of cloning of human body parts and the will start a global debate about regulating the technology or banning it for both human and nonhuman use.
  5. 3D printing will result in the losses in intellectual property
  6. Over half of consumer goods manufacturers will achieve 75% of their consumer innovation and R&D capabilities from user sourced solutions
  7. Most consumers will collect, track and barter their personal data for cost savings, convenience and customization.
  8. At least 10% of activities potentially injurious to human life will require mandatory use of a non-overidable "smart system. "
  9. A large percentage of computers will be learning, rather than processing
  10. Consumer data collected from wearable devices will drive sales
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Hiring Best Practices Hiring is the most critical aspect of a CIO's role.

For a CIO it can be fatal if they hire a new employee that is a mismatch

Interview GuideBackground screening is a critical part of the hiring process for the majority of organizations today, but it is even more essential in the current economy for several reasons. eJobDescription.com has found that a shortage of key skills is the number one challenge facing CIOs and IT functions. This may seem counter-intuitive at first given the news of continued high levels of unemployment and a "jobless" economic recovery. However coupled with many discussions with CIOs and HR professionals in end-user organizations, confirms that finding the right talent - the talent with the right mix of skills, behaviors and values to fit with the organization - is still a challenge. In fact, more applicants in the pool makes filtering and screening even more critical to ensure that time isn't lost on applicants who aren't a good fit or who might not be qualified for the position.

Hiring managers understand that a often an individual's capabilities are not necessarily a good fit. Capability refers to the skills, tools and experience that a person needs to successfully perform a job. It is not new information that many applicants exaggerate their abilities on their resumes and job applications. Things to look for are:

  • Skills Definition - Good Job Descriptions - Do you know what skills are needed to succeed and whether the employee possesses those skills? If they do not possess the necessary skills, how will the CIO help them to acquire them, and how long will that process to take? It is in everyone's best interest for the CIO to set appropriate expectations for the employee from the beginning. This is especially true if the position requires unique technical capabilities.
  • Tools Definition - Good IT Infrastructure - Even if an individual has the skills and experience to do the job, do they have the tools to deliver peak performance? For example, a highly skilled and experienced web designer cannot build a website without adequate computer hardware and software. The tools do not have to be the most up-to-date, but a system that crashes can be incredibly frustrating and unproductive, even to the best performer.
  • Experience - Just because an employee has the skills to do a job does not mean that they has the experience to apply those skills in his specific position. This is especially true for recent graduates, outside hires from different industries and internal hires from different departments. While the required skills may be similar from one job to the next, differing applications and terminology may require that the new hire take time to learn the nuances of his new position.