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R.E.S.P.E.C.T. for CIOs!

In an article on, David Weldon interviews the CEO of Wisegate about their study Hello, I Must Be Going: Hard Facts on Soft Skills, about IT management and job satisfaction. The survey found good news – that businesses are continuing to have more respect for IT leaders as technology becomes integrated into every facet of the business model:

This is great news, especially as CIOs are constantly told they need to lead the digital transition of their organizations, and do so with tight budgets and tighter labor markets. Being CIO is no easy task, but is perhaps more rewarding and exciting now than at any other time, says Gates of the research findings.

Job Satisfaction

Weldon highlights some of the study’s findings, which clearly show that IT leaders are now being taken more seriously, especially in larger organizations. Perhaps unsurprisingly, those IT leaders who appeared most satisfied with their jobs avoided the extremes of creating rigid processes on one hand, or allowing their work to be viewed as insignificant on the other. This relationship with a client or parent business could be seen as reciprocal. By respecting a business’s requirements for flexibility while retaining genuine value in IT service, the CIO is respected and not just perceived as a “necessary evil”. 

Full Business Integration

The next step for IT operations is full integration into the business end of the organization. This notion is supported by the fact that CIOs and other IT leaders rated two of their top five worthwhile skills to obtain as “Team leadership” and “Being business savvy”. In fact, Weldon reports that 87 percent of survey respondents chose “business knowledge” over “technical know-how” as the most important way to advance their careers. 

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About Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He is an intern at Computer Aid Inc., pursuing his master's degree in communications at Penn State University.

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