IT Ground Hog Day? Skills Demand ahead in 2012

Published: 22 March 2012

This week has a strange sense of déjà vu about it. We’ve already seen a flurry of client meetings discussing plans for the year ahead. While each session has been very specific to the demands of its sector, market, location, the messages coming from them all have been unerringly similar.

Right across the IT function the message has been firmly grasped – fail to understand your business at your peril. Leverage commercial understanding and make IT an outputs led function not an inputs led function, and the outputs need to be framed in terms of reference your stakeholders, sponsors, customers (call them what you will) will understand.

The roles that have hit the headlines are: 

  • Enterprise Architecture – this premium skill set remains high on the ‘wanted’ list; the genuine ability to combine real big picture commercial thinking, with technology strategy and a focus upon delivering pragmatic innovation is a must have.
  • Strategic PMO – an upgrade from the traditional IT PMO this gives enterprise wide leverage to business and technology change.
  • Portfolio Leadership – moving up from the programme level, portfolio skills are all about the ability to lift up and see the enterprise perspective and challenge each component project & programme on its ongoing contribution and validity at every key stage of delivery. Delivery is everyone’s responsibility but the delivery frameworks that IT have held themselves accountable for are setting the pace for the business at large.
  • CISO – Security has pleasingly unshackled itself from the dark depths of operations and stepped into the light delivering value as a part of enterprise wide risk management. Risk is a business issue not a techie issue, but IT have the lead.

Invariably there are more but so far this year these feature highest on the ‘wish lists’ of the market at large.

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