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Groom your successors, IT leaders urged

IT directors should have a plan in place to develop the next generation of IT leaders within their organisations, Gartner has urged.

Mark Raskino, vice-president at the analyst firm, said IT directors needed to start looking at building an IT leadership succession plan.

"I have encountered several IT directors who realise that almost everyone on the top IT management table will be gone within five years," he said.

Raskino said the challenge businesses faced was to transfer skills from the baby boomer generation of existing IT management to the next generation, while accepting that practices will continue to evolve.

"Don't assume that the next generation of IT leadership will look the same as the last. Identify your best generation-X staff and start giving them challenging projects and operational responsibilities to complete their experience," he said.

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