I spoke with Marc Cecere, VP and Principal Analyst serving Chief Information Officer (CIO) Professionals at Forrester Research, about when companies should start looking for a tech lead. This executive will oversee a number of critical functions—from helping manage data collection, maintenance, and security to the application of on-premises and cloud-based tech.
“A lot of this decision comes down to what you’re looking for in a technology leader,” he said. “Are you looking for a senior-level person who knows the business and the technology? Are you looking for an order taker who can follow the direction of senior management? Are you looking for somebody who is a visionary but might not know how to run the technology, or maybe someone who isn’t a visionary but understands how to run the tech?”
Regardless of which type of tech lead you choose, Cecere said you should start at the C level. Sure, it might be nice to hire a kid fresh out of college as that person might be a genius, fully capable, and ideal for day-to-day, hands-on work. However, much of what your IT lead will be doing is working with other lines of business—strategically, politically, and financially. Having someone who has navigated a corporate environment, worked outside of a digital environment, and can bring the clout of the C-level title, will help ensure that IT has an active and equal role in deciding what’s best for the business.
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Reprinted from here