Are You Grooming Your Next CIO?
For most of you, the answer is probably "no." And if that's the case, you're far from alone.
At least that's what CDW found in it's new survey on CIO succession management. According to the report, only 39 percent of private- and public-sector organizations have succession plans in place.
The breakdown for businesses:
Small businesses (1-99 employees): 15 percent, up 2 percent from last year;
Medium-sized businesses (100-999 employees): 46 percent, down 2 percent from last year;
Large businesses (1,000 or more employees): 63 percent, up 1 percent from last year.
So succession planning hasn't exactly gained steam in 2009. And I can't say I'm that surprised, really. Check out Gary Perman's latest piece on CIO succession and you'll see why. (But if you're doing it right, then these characteristics will probably look familiar.)
Also, more than seven in 10 private-sector respondents said their next CIO will likely come from within the company. On the government side, more than half said the next IT leader would come from outside the organization.
Question: Why do you think most companies don't have CIO succession plans in place?