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Is It Raining?

Do you ever have days when you are so focused on doing your job that you totally miss what's going on outside your office? If you're like me, you spend a lot of time in the air at 30,000 feet, but you also have some days when you are attached to a phone or a screen all day. I could tell you what's happening in Hong Kong or Seattle but not necessarily whether it's raining outside my door. Even when we are totally plugged in, it's easy to miss the bigger picture. That's one of the reasons why Harvey Nash periodically takes the pulse of the industry. We have been surveying IT leaders for years with our annual CIO survey. More recently, we started surveying the broader world of technology professionals. Combined, we annually survey more than 5,000 IT professionals to gather their insights on the work they do and where they see the industry moving.

In July, we launched our fifth annual Harvey Nash Technology Survey. This survey represents the views of a much broader audience than our CIO survey, so that we could capture insights from technology professionals at all levels. Senior technology leaders now have a better picture of the trends, career motivations and skills of today's technology professionals.

When we had previously surveyed CIOs and those who are getting ready to step into the role, we saw some clear differences in how the two groups think. The Harvey Nash Technology Survey allows us to further explore those differences, which is particularly important for those of you grooming your successors.

Compared to myself and many of today's current leaders, the "younger" generation came of age when technology was already centrally important to customer engagement and organizational growth. Future CIOs grew up respecting technologists like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, but idolizing figures like Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, (or even Edward Snowden) for their vision of the 21st Century Internet. The Millennial, or Internet Generation, could be expected to have an alternative outlook on many IT trends, such as technology innovation, security, management style and career planning, but how different are they from most of the currently seated CIOs? Here's what we learned.

Compared to current CIOs, the future CIO is:
• 20% less likely to think the position of CIO is strategic
• 29% more likely to feel frustrated that innovation efforts are hindered by security
• 18% more likely to feel they are investing the right amount of time in innovation
• 50% more likely to see a bigger role for IT in digital (with 15% saying IT should "own" digital, compared to 10% of current CIOs)
• Twice as likely to be female
• 21% more likely to be dissatisfied with salary

As there are clearly differences in outlook, we believe you will find value in the opinions we can gather from a broader audience of analysts, architects, developers, testers, engineers, department heads and other professionals working in the technology sector.

In addition to tracking technology salaries and skills demand, new questions we're exploring in this year's Harvey Nash Technology Survey include:
• international migration of technology talent
• personality traits most aligned to key technology roles
• how much technology is permeating new industries and creating new jobs as a result

So, is it raining outside your office? With the CIO Survey and Technology Survey, you'll have access to the bigger picture. I welcome your thoughts about the trends that will dominate 2015. Email me here.