Moving from a traditional IT role to a more business-focused role has challenges. Consider this advice for a successful transition.
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When you're looking for a new job, anyone you network with can provide a potential lead. But when you're trying to move from IT into a new business discipline, Hurwitz advises, it's important to network with people in the industry or profession you want to enter. "[IT people should] build relationships so that they can get 'shadowing' opportunities," he said. "Of course, the goal is to get [business people to recommend IT pros] to employers looking to hire. But such recommendations only come after a relationship has been built and the person trusts the candidate."
The Business of Going DigitalDigital business isn't about changing code; it's about changing what legacy sales, distribution, customer service, and product groups do in the new digital age. It's about bringing big data analytics, mobile, social, marketing automation, cloud computing, and the app economy together to launch new products and services. We're seeing new titles in this digital revolution, new responsibilities, new business models, and major shifts in technology spending.