Intelligent CIO North America Issue 22 - Page 32

EDITOR ’ S QUESTION

HOW CAN CIOS REMAIN INNOVATIVE TO ENSURE THEY RETAIN THEIR TOP TECHNICAL TALENT ? ( PART 2 )

This article is the second in the series . Don ’ t miss the first part which appeared in last month ’ s magazine .

In the second of a two-part Editor ’ s Question we again look at how CIOs can remain innovative to ensure they retain their top technical talent .

In our previous edition , we heard from George Dochev , Co-Founder and Chairman , LucidLink ; JG Heithcock , GM , Retrospect ; and Dana McCormick , Chief Human Resources Officer at Simeio .
“ This type of commoditized thinking and environment is not only toxic and unsustainable in the long term , but it also makes recruiting and retaining your best talent incredibly difficult .”
JG Heithcock , GM , Retrospect , told us : “ Remaining innovative is essential for any organization to function safely , efficiently and cost effectively .
Dochev explained how retaining top IT talent was ‘ one of the greatest challenges for any organization ’.
“ The IT world has traditionally held a ‘ product first ’ mentality , placing development teams under intense pressure to quickly turn around deliverables on-time and under budget with little consideration to the welfare of the developers involved ,” he said .
The smartest CIOs know that innovation is not only found in the technology that they deploy , but it can also be found in equal if not greater measure from their team .
“ However , the smartest CIOs know that innovation is not only found in the technology that they deploy , but it can also be found in equal if not greater measure from their team .”
And Dana McCormick , Chief Human Resources Officer at Simeio , struck a note of optimism .
“ The tech industry has one of the highest employee turnover rates , and it is also among the top five sectors with an acute talent shortage ,” she said .
“ Tech leaders are most likely aware of the environment , and the good news is that there are some strategic steps they can take to retain their talent .”
Now taking their turn to express their opinions are Praveen Rangnath , Chief Marketing Officer , Imply ; Michael Jack , CRO and Co-Founder , Datadobi ; and Surya Varanasi , CTO , StorCentric .
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