The market for IT professionals has become more global, service-oriented and solution-specific. Practices based on recruiting people just like those already in enterprise IT are losing relevance. Future success requires adapting to today's market, not fighting the traditional war for talent.
- The market for technology labor is not what it used to be
- Adopt a market mindset, and adapt IT
- Everyone can succeed in tomorrow's technology labor market
The market for technology labor is not what it used to be
- IT skills are critical to enterprise and IT effectiveness
- Today's technology labor market "works" for only one in four CIOs
- The technology labor market is changing the nature of employment
- The technology labor market is global, not local
- Internal hurdles make gaining the right skills more difficult
- What has happened in the labor market matters to CIOs
Adopt a market mindset, and adapt IT
- Understanding what's shaping today's IT labor market
- Demand signals in the IT labor market are mixed
- Placing greater emphasis on business, transformational, social and other nontechnical skills
- Incorporating technology automation and services into future labor requirements and plans
- Enterprise-centric IT is giving way to sourcing of alternative skills
- Bottom line: IT organizations send mixed signals to the technology labor market
- Supply is shifting
- The labor supply is more contingent and less career-oriented
- A "tacit skills trap" and a "lost generation" of entry-level jobs are major factors
- University students are increasingly interested in IT, but their readiness is an issue
- Bottom line: Tomorrow's technology labor supply will be global
- Current compensation structures reward longevity more than performance
- Limited performance-based compensation reinforces an image of IT as a staff function
- Great performers don't earn significantly more than average performers
- Bottom line: Current IT compensation structures hurt more than they help
- HR mechanisms treat technology just like everything else
- Public-sector supply faces unique requirements and challenges
- The IT market is different from what it was in the past
Everyone can succeed in tomorrow's technology labor market
- "Ain't gonna study war no more"
- Sourcing and services compensate and complete the technology labor market
- CIOs face three technology labor market contexts
- Success in the market middle requires flexibility
- Case Study: The Hanover Insurance Group gains the flexibility to create compelling options and opportunities
- Market takers need to be savvy about services and sourcing
- Case Study: The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation realigns IT jobs with required technology skills
- Case Study: Media General combines micro-multisourcing and IT specialization
- Case Study: i.c.stars builds technology careers and community leaders
- Market makers use scale demand to justify scale supply
- Case Study: Wipro makes markets with comprehensive labor planning and development
- Size alone does not create a market-making enterprise
- Recommendations for success in tomorrow's technology labor market
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