"What's different today is the rate at which companies need these people," she adds. "Because of cloud and consumerization, in some companies the business can work directly with the service provider and get an app for their business without even talking to the CIO. CIOs need business relationship managers to maintain some degree of control and understanding of everything that's happening across the business."
Another difference between today's business relationship managers vs. yesteryears: Some CIOs are hiring them directly from the lines of business, rather than appointing someone from IT to serve as, say, the business relationship manager for the finance department, says Heller.
7. CTO/SVP of Engineering. DHR International's Giarman says CTOs and senior VPs in charge of engineering are in great demand inside technology companies. They're seeking visionary leaders who can run technical operations, ensure products will scale to meet user demand, get products to market on time, manage geographically dispersed development teams, and motivate developers. Because this is no small task, Giarman says compensation packages for these executives can run into seven figures.
8. CIO. Chuck Pappalardo, managing director of Trilogy Search Non+Profit, expects CIO searches to continue to be a significant source of his firm's business in 2012. "There will be plenty of opportunity for people to move into traditional CIO roles," he says.
9. CISO/IT Security Consultant. The frequency and rising costs of data breaches are forcing companies to take IT security much more seriously. Interest in cloud computing is also renewing interest in information security. Those two trends are driving demand for chief information security officers and IT security consultants, according to Lewis at the Leadership Capital Group.
10. IT Consulting Firm Partners. Good news for IT consultants who can sell and deliver: They're in great demand, according to the Leadership Capital Group. The bad news: They may have to move to the Arabian Peninsula. Leadership Capital Group notes that the job market for IT consultants with 'Big Five' firms is hottest in emerging markets such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iraq and South Africa.
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