They’ve staved off the toughest employment climate in memory—and the apps and tools of the modern IT organization are more important than ever to business success.
In a down year for many, there were plenty of big winners in technology in 2010. We could start with the perennial tech titans like Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison and the Google triumvirate of Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt--all of whom had big years for different reasons. But in a year of record unemployment, the biggest winners may have been those IT pros who held onto their jobs. Their workload is often dramatically more burdensome, and the demand never ends. But that’s better than sitting on the unemployment line. And 2011 holds promise for greater user control, a return to hyper-innovation, and maybe even some bigger paychecks. The same goes for those CIOs who have finally lived up to the job descriptions their CEOs and boards want: a strategic, innovative manager who delivers value day in and day out. The era of the techie CIO is long gone, but the complete transformation of the CIO role has been underway for years. Those who came with the right tools—and the right state of mind—established very fruitful futures in 2010.
Brian joined Baseline in March 2006. In addition to previous stints at Inter@ctive Week and The Net Economy, he's written for The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla., as well as The Sunday Tribune in Dublin, Ireland. Brian has a B.A. from Bucknell University and a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
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