Beware the dotcom fire



John Riley

The bloodletting is beginning! Reports are mounting of IT directors getting the chop - albeit on satisfactory terms.

Many...



John Riley

The bloodletting is beginning! Reports are mounting of IT directors getting the chop - albeit on satisfactory terms.

Many are now well set up to take advantage of the lucrative and interesting - if risky - opportunities opening for IT directors in areas such as dotcom start-ups and interim IT management.

Perhaps that's why we're also hearing more of IT directors saying "up yours!" to over-tentative, e-business-transfixed chief executives.

On past showing, we reckon one-third of all IT directors will be moving on one way or another this year. If you do want to stay corporate and sane you need to ask prospective CEOs a wide range of e-business focussed questions.

What are the strategic e-business aims and how are they optimised organisationally? How does the company handle brand continuity in e-business? What principles guide managing the trade-off between speed-to-market and functionality?

What is the board's approach to potential e-fulfilment conflict with distributors? How is corporate level e-business funded? How receptive is the CEO to involving IT in new e-business opportunity and threat evaluation? What weighting does IT input get?

The job hunting IT director has to grill the prospective CEO thoroughly. Otherwise you may just be jumping out of the frying pan into the fire.

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