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Posted by Travis O'Rourke, Hays Canada Vice President, on Friday, Aug 26, 2016
Whether you're aiming for senior leadership, or just want to maximize your value as a consultant, if you don't have the business knowledge to back up your technical skills you'll quickly hit a progression ceiling.
What can you do to upskill and open up your career path?
Today technology and software are crucial for any business, so IT professionals are expected to be more than just technical experts. Companies are looking for information and technology leaders who have a vision for the future of the business, and who can develop and implement a plan to achieve those goals. As the Hays DNA of a CIO found, leadership and business acumen were the critical ingredients for moving beyond a technical role, into management and the C-suite.
Understand the business bottom line
Build your understanding of how companies track, measure, and report success. A basic business understanding will serve you well either as a full-time IT leader, or an expert consultant.
Connect the dots
IT needs to move from being seen as a cost centre, to a business driver. For this to happen, you need to be able to understand and demonstrate how IT goals and achievements contribute to overall business success.
Anticipate what is coming next
Technology is changing quickly. Stay up with the trends and offer insights into how changes might affect your clients or company. Be proactive about helping your company keep ahead.
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