By Chelsea Ortiz
Argyle Executive Forum’s 2013 Chief Information Officer Leadership Forum took place this past Tuesday where over 100 chief information officers congregated together in Chicago to discuss the changing landscape of the IT department, leveraging data, strategic advantage, and various other topics related to their fields.
The speaking faculty included Brian LeClaire, Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Humana; James MacLennan, Chief Information Officer, IDEX Corp.; Richard Rushing, Chief Information Security Officer, Motorola Mobility; Clay Johnson, Vice President of Information Technology, Business and Supply Chain Systems, Boeing Co.; Praveen Moturu, Chief Enterprise Architect, Navistar, Inc.; Elizabeth Hackenson, Chief Officer and SVP Global Business Solutions, AES Corporation; Conrad Menezes, VP, Network & Information Security, Sears Holdings; and many others.
At the Forum, the room was asked, “what major challenges are you struggling with when introducing new and innovative technologies to drive business growth?” By the end of the day, 45% of the audience voted “IT talent,” 38% had voted “budgetary constraints,” 7% of the vote was for both “effective communication” and “inconsistent corporate direction,” while the remaining 3% voted “lack of executive buy-in” as the reasoning.
Of the audience polled, 17% of the executives represented organizations with $10 billion or more in annual revenue, 7% represented organizations with an annual revenue between $5 – 10 billion, 39% with $1- 5 billion in annual revenue, 11% of $500 million – $1 billion in annual revenue, and 26% with $100 – 500 million in annual revenue.
“IT talent” ranked first among the audience. According to Baseline Magazine, IT staff is within a group of other careers (technicians, skilled trades, engineers, sales reps, drivers, and finance/accounting pros) that are the hardest jobs to fill in the United States. The study continues to demonstrate that the main reason, 48% of those polled, of why it is so difficult for U.S. employers to fill jobs is due to “lack of technical competencies” or “hard skills.”
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