January 31, 2011, 8:59 PM — Ask a Premier 100 IT Leader
Title: Vice president and CIO
Company: Educational Testing Service
Wakeman is this month's Premier 100 IT Leader, answering questions about keeping up to date, lobbying for a market adjustment of salary, and more. If you have a question you'd like to pose to one of our Premier 100 IT Leaders, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org .
What is the single best way to keep up with changes in our industry? By being involved. Participation in standards bodies, governance groups, IT networking groups and/or developing solutions are excellent ways for CIOs to stay in touch. Get an iPad and/or an Android device, and be involved in social media of all types. Set up news feeds from thought leaders such as Computerworld and others. Another option I have used is study tours where we visit leading technology companies such as Microsoft , Google , Apple and Cisco .
Several years ago I was hired into my company with a lower starting salary than job averages in my area. At the time, the economy was starting to sink, and I knew I was lucky to be getting hired anywhere, so I don't blame my employer for that. I just couldn't say no at the time.