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IT hiring challenges: CIOs must work closely with HR!

In these times of transition, transformation and all the clients screaming for more help in migration to new technologies such as Virtualization, SIs and other IT firms are looking helplessly as smaller and agile firms are grabbing contracts under their noses!

This is bound to aggravate and even the software firms will show no mercy and go direct to smaller and effective channel partners to sell their products and technologies. It is a no-brainer, actually.

I can tell you from my personal experience.I must tell you I am not looking at my local region alone and really don't have the time to do the local strategy and cajole the young and worthy to come and join us. I have led highly efficient and high-performing multi-cultural teams in the past and will be traveling to Asia to hire, build, assess and bring back my strong team here to Europe. I just cannot afford to rely on local rules, regulations and more importantly the whims and idiosyncrasies of the younger lot here in Europe. There you have it, I said it! Heck I'll go to South America and Russia, if I have to!

Anyways what I am trying to stress is that increasing flattening global economies are making things easier to look across the horizon and we are not only the ones who are looking at the new opportunities, smaller and agile players too are looking faster to fire up and go directly to get the global market with a globally deployable workforce.

With the walls falling, credit crunch, finally a lot is getting clearer and there is a lot of opportunity, the ones who are seeing risks only may be at jeopardy. And honestly talking about Women in IT, my last employer tried a "Ladies Class" but it failed miserably. I was pleasantly surprised to see that one of my project partners in Africa (Uganda to be specific), Makerere University, had a healthy mix of men and women in IT classes, both at graduate levels and master levels.

Quoting :

Chief information officers (CIOs) who wish to attract the top IT talent in 2008 must work more closely with HR to develop "competitive pay practices", it has been suggested.

According to a report produced by Gartner, the implementation of pay practices that align with and support changes in IT strategy and the expectations of workers result in improved business performance.

"Such practices must respond to key workforce trends, which include demographic shifts in workforce composition, increasing virtualisation and globalisation of the workplace and workforce, and a tightening job market," stated Lily Mok, Research Director for Gartner's human capital management content development group.
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