There is an interesting problem in the Indianapolis area right now. Techpoint announced there are 9,000 open IT positions. We have impressive IT related programs at multiple colleges and universities here. We also have unemployed IT people. What’s going on?
In private meetings with CIOs looking for talent, I have learned that it isn’t hard to find ‘coders’ (people with the ability to write code) and it's not hard to find IT managers. What we don’t have are IT leaders. Like all organizations, IT is tactical at the bottom and strategic at the top. Going down from the top (CIO), the first level down is primarily strategic (business/executive facing), and the next is likely both (IT/staff facing and business/executive facing). The role I call IT Managers are facing down toward the staff. In my opinion, there is a huge chasm between the IT managers and the IT leaders. The CIOs I have spoken with (Fortune 500 companies) do not believe that their IT managers can make the leap. The competencies missing are too expensive or unlikely to grow; strategic thinking, customer focus, emotional intelligence, ability to adapt and be resilient, and the ability to grow.