Bob Miano's Blog

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Adaptation and Digital Innovation: CIOs Lead the Way Forward

Change is nothing new in technology. In fact, we who work in technology like to think of ourselves as the harbingers of change and drivers of invention. Sometimes we are. And, sometimes we are reacting to uncertainty, be it economic, social or scientific. Will 2017 be a year of driving change or responding to it for the world's IT leaders?

CIO Survey Review: My Top Three Insights

• Two thirds of CIOs reporting skills shortage - up 10% from 2015 - to highest level since 2008.
• 35% CIOs are delivering an enterprise-wide digital strategy, up from 27% in 2015.
• 9% of senior IT leadership roles are now held by women, up by a third since last year

Your Hiring Strategy Is More Important to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen Than You Might Think

As the President and CEO of Harvey Nash USA, I spend a lot of time talking to clients as they are planning their quarterly and annual hiring strategies. The decision to grow headcount often requires business leaders to take the wider economic climate into consideration. In recent years, both in the U.S. and overseas, a lot of businesses have been taking advantage of low interest rates to expand. 

2016 is the Year of the CIO

2016 is the Chinese year of the Monkey, and this year's element is Fire. A 'Fire Monkey' is said to be ambitious and adventurous, but irritable. This happens to be a handy analogy for describing how CIOs feel according to early results from the 2016 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey!

Following are a few early insights into the trends emerging as senior IT leaders from around the world continue to participate in the survey:

Be an IT Talent Scrooge

Learn from the Past for a Brighter 2016

Without the ghosts and scare tactics (well maybe one or two), I am going to encourage you to look with me back on 2015. Let's explore three IT talent acquisition lessons that we can take from 2015 in order to improve how your organization finds, retains and cultivates tech talent in the year ahead.

Technology Leadership is a Timeless Challenge

One of the many benefits of being CEO of Harvey Nash USAPAC is the opportunity to get an advanced preview of our 2016 Technology Survey results. The full results will be published next month, but I wanted to share some of my early insights regarding the challenges that technologists are reporting. It was most surprising to me that many of today's technology challenges are the same issues I encountered early in my career.

Responsible Staffing vs. Cut and Run

Earlier this month I was in Washington, DC meeting lawmakers from both parties in Congress as part of the annual TechServe Alliance Lobby Day. During our visit we talked with senior staff members of elected representatives about the importance of advancing excellence and ethics within the IT staffing and solutions industry.

3, 2, 1, time to blast-off any crisis of confidence in the tech job sector

Demand for tech jobs grow but technologists remain anxious

In my last blog I referenced how a growing U.S. economy is creating a surge in demand for domestic technology talent. I quoted a recent report: Cyberstates 2015: The Definitive State-by-State Analysis of the U.S. Tech Industry as evidence of the incredible tech sector jobs potential: "tech jobs were found to have risen more than 11 percent year over year, with over 650,000 job openings in Q4 2014."

650,000 reasons to be proud of the U.S. tech sector

As CEO of Harvey Nash USAPAC, I'm proud go to work every day where I get a courtside view of my team of technology recruitment professionals as they support organizations and highly skilled experts who are pursuing astounding new technology innovations. It can sometimes be easy to forget the global impact teams like ours, and similar teams across the U.S. tech sector can have, both at home and overseas.

Top IT Job Attributes for 2015

Each New Year seems to bring more articles about the "top IT jobs" in the year ahead. Most of these "top job" lists are focused on what job titles will generate the most money for a candidate or which role will enable them to innovate with the newest technology.

While these are important to IT professionals, increasingly IT specialists are looking for a wider range of job attributes that will enhance their career over the long term. Knowing what attributes are most valued can help IT hiring managers ensure their roles compete for the best IT talent in a crowded marketplace.

Sink or Swim: Riding the Next Technology Wave

The news that Microsoft will remove or restructure 18,000 roles at Nokia in preparation for the next generation of growth says much about the vision of the new CEO, Satya Nadella. It also indicates which employees will be most in demand during the next decade of IT innovation.

The business of jobs

I was recently interviewed on Executive Leaders Radio, the #1 business station in the Mid-Atlantic region. We talked about the IT recruitment industry, how Harvey Nash USA has evolved in the last few years and the business of jobs.

For me, this interview was a reminder of why I developed a passion for IT recruitment and Harvey Nash; because the business of jobs is really about people.

You don't have to be a woman in IT to want diversity

This month Harvey Nash released its annual CIO Survey results, the sixteenth year it has published research on the CIO and the business/technology environment the CIO inhabits. There are many positive trends to report, among an overall theme of optimism and growth:

Working to Bridge the IT Talent Gap - Supporting Women in Tech

2014 is an exciting time to be in technology, isn't it? With an incredible list of advancements in 2013 and some really tremendous projects in the works for 2014, we are truly living in a great period in technological advancement.

Eyeing the technology talent gap.
As we continue to evolve as an industry and redefine standards, there is one glaring challenge facing us all -- the IT talent gap. Over the next 10 years, for every computer science college graduate, there will be two technology positions available. The number of technology professionals simply isn't matching up to the need and demand for this critical talent.

A Study in Transformative Leadership

For the past several months, I have been talking about transformative leadership: what it looks like, how it develops, how we measure it and what it can mean to those who experience it. My goal was to explore how leaders transform and lessons we can take from their experiences to implement in our own organizations. While my thoughts were perhaps more theoretical than practical, all of this was a prelude to coming face to face with the transformative leader slated to keynote the annual Harvey Nash Leadership Lecture, held March 4, 2014. That transformative leader was Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City.