Greg Flay, CIO at Green Mountain Energy, is in the middle of a multiyear implementation of a customer management and billing platform capable of supporting rapid enterprisewide growth. He says his company is continually assessing its capabilities to ensure it has the right mix of internal employees and outsourced resources to support development. "As a result, this year we have both hired new employees and reassigned existing employees to key positions in the new IT organization in the areas of project management, enterprise architecture, and operations management."
To Flay, working fearlessly is mission critical for today's CIO. "The bottom line is that a CIO that is not helping the rest of senior management lead the battle against market competition is a CIO waiting for his or her company to die," he says. "That should be the scariest outcome of all."
Ask yourself: Would you be hiring right now if you weren't so afraid? CIOs need to keep the long term in focus while managing projects using today's information-no small feat. But no one has any definite answers, so take what you do know and decide what you're going to do.
Kristen Lamoreaux is president and CEO of Lamoreaux Search, which focuses on finding IT professionals for hiring managers.
Read more about project management in CIO's Project Management Drilldown.