Re: CIO Hiring 100 IT Pros: What He Needs
Maybe this isn't so surprising after all, when you frame it a certain way. Basically, it's not that the number of infrastructure positions needed is necessarily increasing, but rather that the value of the existing ones is going up - thus making them harder to fill. In itself, that sounds like good news for the industry, but it also serves as a relevant reminder of the difference between pundit theory and IT reality. That is, we can't always predict how big trends (public cloud) will disseminate to every inch of the broader industry or to every company. Same goes for those junior Java (etc.) positions. Choice Hotels is just one company, but these are 100 real positions. That's nothing to sneeze at.
I like Sane IT's point very much as well. Nobody likes to train up existing talent anymore, and alongside that these lists of job requirements often read like a (very expensive) cake recipe. That's a lousy combination. How can you find someone who has up to 5 years of experience with a specifc technology in your specific industry if nobody in your industry will hire someone who doesn't already have 5 years of experience with it? It's like you're asking someone else to do the work for you. The internet age is blending the lines - many CIOs say the most important thing is to hire someone that's adaptable and can learn new skills quickly, because what's relevant today could be gone in five years. Okay, then let's not say one thing and do another!