"The reason these CIOs are in demand is they have the right mix of experience."
david elton, pa it and sourcing expertFinancial TimesStephen Pritchard29 March 2012
PA’s David Elton, IT and sourcing expert, is quoted in an article in the Financial Times Executive Appointments supplement. The article looks at how new ways of doing business is creating a new breed of 'CIO', who is in big demand.
The article reports that businesses are looking to technology to help them cut costs - for example by using videoconferencing instead of air travel – and as a result, the most able IT leaders are in demand. According to David there is a "cadre of people who are in demand, and who move relatively seamlessly from company to company, perhaps as often as every two to three years".
The article goes on to point out that these chief information officers, and the chief technology officers and IT directors who report to them, are playing an increasingly critical role in business strategy, even where the CIO is not a full board member. "The reason these CIOs are in demand is they have the right mix of experience," suggests David.