Finding business-savvy technologists is biggest challenge, says Intel CIO

Finding technologists who engage with and are passionate about the business is the hardest part of managing an IT department, according to Intel’s CIO John Johnson.

Finding technologists who engage with and are passionate about the business is the hardest part of managing an IT department, according to Intel’s CIO John Johnson.

Speaking at IDC’s European IT Forum 2006, Johnson said, “One of the things I focus on is how much passion there is in driving change. We need people who are change agents and not afraid to speak up and take an idea to pilot or production.

Specific technical skills were easy to find compared with enthusiastic business people, said Johnson.
“Most of the people who walk in the door have the technical skills we want, but I’m looking for that extra passion.”

The conference heard that the proportion of people working in IT departments with purely technical roles has plummeted over the past decade.

Just 30% of people working in today’s IT departments spend all their time on technical challenges, compared with 80% around 10 to 15 years ago, according to IDC senior vice-president Frank Gens.

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