A recent survey of chief information officers conducted by Robert Half Technology (RHT) suggests that an increasing emphasis is being placed on business knowledge when assessing IT professionals’ qualifications. About 41 percent of the 1,400-plus executives surveyed said they’re more interested in technology job candidates’ aptitude in non-technical areas such as finance, marketing and communication than they were five years ago.
“I don’t think it’s new,” said Ryan Gilmore, branch manager of RHT’s Silicon Valley office. “I think it’s been happening for a while, but it’s becoming more prevalent. They’re looking for individuals who can make an impact in the organization, not just in technology. When you’re talking about a developer, project manager or high-end networking professional involved with implementing new software, it’s pretty important to have an understanding of the end user, the culture of the organization and what the company does.”
Most CIOs weren’t as concerned with getting the most from their technology investments in either people or systems at the end of the economic boom five years ago, Gilmore explained. “Back in the dot-com bubble, you had people spending money on applications that didn’t understand the end user,” he said. “There were—and still are—a lot of bad products out there on the market. There are numerous examples of things that flopped and were a complete waste of company resources.”
However, a recession, a slow recovery and rising competition globally have produced an outlook of maximizing one’s financial and workforce resources, he added. This means…
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