It's becoming more and more difficult for CIOs to find workers well-versed in ever-changing technologies like wireless networking, cloud computing, mobile security and big data analytics. Thus, IT managers are looking for people who have training in multiple disciplines. And if they can't find them or can't afford them, they're implementing cross-training programs for the workers they have.
According to several top IT managers, CIOs are working hard to break down specialization among their staffs. David Richter, vice president of Infrastructure Solutions at Kimberly-Clark, says he recently revamped the IT titles in his department, cutting the number of job descriptions from more than 350 to about 40.
"We definitely have a skills gap. I need a broader bench. I need people who have two or three areas of expertise," he says.
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