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HK CIOs have hard time finding local IT talent

Carol Ko | Sept. 4, 2008
There is a serious lack of project managers, system architects and seasoned people, industry leaders say.

Perry Lai, vice president of IT at Langham Hotel International said there were management trainee programmes at his hotel. But what made his final decision in hiring new IT staff was that the candidate must have the right attitude. At Langham, Lai assigned responsibilities and consistently offered encouragement to his staff. He was envisioning to groom his own talent pool to expand the company.

Towards the end, Slesinger outlined what he believed determined the geographical spread of IT talent. The economic development and mobility of a nation dictates the availability of talent to a great extent. Somewhere in the world there is talent, though they might be working for your competitors.

Carol Ko is the Deputy Editor of MIS Asia and is chiefly responsible for covering stories of CIOs and senior IT managers in North Asia. 


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