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Technology is essential to Catalina Marketing, whose technology lets retailers print out coupons at the checkout customized to a person's buying habits. Nearly half of the 500 people at its headquarters work in IT. But CIO Eric Williams doesn't want people used to cranking out their piece of a giant software project. "I'm not looking for people who have worked in large development shops and are used to working in silos of development," he says. "Our teams are cross-functional, and they have to handle whatever needs to be done." People usually work in teams of 12 to 15 people, and the goals and requirements always change. "I'm amazed at how many people in technology like to have clearly defined requirements," he says.
Lesson for job seekers: Find a shop that fits your style, or you won't last.
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InformationWeek Must Reads Oct. 21, 2014InformationWeek's new Must Reads is a compendium of our best recent coverage of digital strategy. Learn why you should learn to embrace DevOps, how to avoid roadblocks for digital projects, what the five steps to API management are, and more.