Technology Officers

Excelling today and innovating for tomorrow

IT leaders today need to be innovative, value-creating business partners.

Few, if any, aspects of a business are untouched by information technology. That gives chief information officers and chief technology officers a bird’s eye view of the enterprise—and they must possess the business acumen and strategic influence to take action. They must align IT strategy with the overall mission and goals of the business while encouraging innovation, so that their company remains competitive. When they lag behind, the entire organization suffers.

That’s why we formed our technology center of excellence: to help organizations like yours develop and retain best-in-class technology leaders capable of forging a new tomorrow. We’ll work with you to build dynamic teams that maximize your abilities and leverage your talents, then show you how to compensate, develop and motivate your people to retain them and improve your organization’s culture of performance. In short, we’ll help you design an IT organization—including the structure, roles and responsibilities—capable of avoiding risk and seizing the opportunities that the cloud, big data, mobile apps, social networking and digital afford. ​

How we can help

You can’t focus on the innovations of tomorrow without a top-performing team capable of solving the problems of today. Our experienced consultants, who have many years of experience working in the technology industry, will help you identify, recruit and retain technology talent capable of leading your company into the future. We’ll also help you assemble effective organizational structures and optimize your alignment to improve your workforce’s effectiveness.

Here are some of the challenges we can help you address:

Recruiting top IT talent in a competitive job market

Today, the US technology industry’s unemployment rate hovers under 3%. That means the demand for talent far outweighs its supply, making it harder than ever to find qualified talent—and to retain good employees once you’ve developed them. This is particularly true in five areas: digital, mobile, information security, agile/software engineering and data/analytics. Our consultants can help you improve your chances of hiring top talent. We’ll work with you to:

  • Create a positive experience throughout the candidate lifecycle
  • Become more engaged in IT talent communities, such as meet-ups, online forums and industry events, so you earn greater credibility with candidates
  • Design an attractive, competitive rewards and compensation program that entices talent

Building a more engaging employee experience

The idea of recruiting and retaining top talent keeps many CIOs awake at night; it’s the second leading CIO concern after cyber attacks. Given the competition in the market for qualified tech talent, your organization must focus on building “stickiness,” ensuring the talent that comes on board stays on board. We’ll help you:

  • Establish a value proposition and messaging for employees that explains how their work is changing the world and their communities
  • Offer opportunities that appeal to multiple generations of talent, such as flexible work arrangements and gamification
  • Create opportunities for upskilling and reskilling talent to improve their mobility

Planning for the IT function’s future leadership needs

Staying ahead of the competition requires IT organizations to plan for the future while ensuring they have the talent to lead today. But the majority of technology officers (71%) worry that they don’t have a ready-now successor; fewer than half (41%) believe their organization has a comprehensive succession plan. Our consultants will:

  • Identify the right balance of technical skills and leadership abilities that IT leaders need to execute their business agenda and stay ahead of the competition
  • Assess individuals to build a holistic development blueprint and capability to optimize the function
  • Create a tailored leadership development program that accelerates IT executives’ ability to contribute to the organization

Leading the IT organization through digital transformation

Nearly half (41%) of technology officers report that their organization is undergoing a digital transformation. And many technology officers are at the forefront of that transformation. But they face many roadblocks, from stakeholder alignment to legacy processes and cultures to a lack of funding and resources. We’ll pave the way toward digital sustainability by helping you:

  • Build a culture that allows for learning agility and flexibility as disruptive forces reshape your business
  • Develop a mindset and culture that embraces and enables the new, diverse ways of thinking that drive innovation
  • Form a strategy to raise IT’s profile in the C-suite to enable greater influence and collaboration