While your IT leader might not be at an “expert” level in all areas, you need to look for potential. Do they show a willingness to learn new skills and a desire to develop beyond their current position? If the answer is yes, you likely have the right person and need to invest in development and training programs. You also need to encourage them to join a peer community and share broadly.
Technology will continue to change and the pace of that change will only increase. IT professionals can either adapt to that change and move forward, or get left behind. If they choose to adapt, they will increase their value to the firm and be rewarded with greater leadership responsibility.
Jim Boomer is a shareholder and the CIO for Boomer Consulting, Inc. He is the director of the Boomer Technology Circles™ and an expert on managing technology within an accounting firm. He also serves as a strategic planning and technology consultant and firm adviser in the areas of performance and risk management. In addition, Jim is leading a new program, The Producer Circle, in collaboration with CPA2BIZ and the AICPA.