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The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership by Martha Heller

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The Recruiting Paradox

Way back in 2000, just before the dot-com bust, I was writing a weekly column for CIO.com and I spent months covering “the technology workforce crisis.” The big issue was the cap that the U.S. government had put on H-1B visas and the strong need that companies had for developers and other technologists. Then along came the dot-com bust, and the news (and my column) was all about layoffs and identifying the real goats in the Internet debacle.

As the economy recovered from the bust, we all took a more balanced view of technology hiring. Companies needed good technology people, and they were able to recruit them pretty easily or augment their teams offshore.

Enter the 2010s. With cloud and mobility and consumerization, ...

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