How does both articles relate to Information Systems & Data Management.

In 250 words what are some valid points in each article. How does both articles relate to Information Systems & Data Management. Must include two in-text citations and two references.

IT Leaders Aren’t All Coming from Tech

Eric Anderson Oct 31, 2014 CIO


Wouldn’t you know that the leaders of today’s IT workforce are not always from the ranks of IT? That’s what Sharon Florentine finds in an interview with Francis Li. In an article for, Li shares his own career story, from hardware operations and marketing to his current position as VP of Softchoice.

Crisscross Career

His is a story of choices made and risks taken. Instead of languishing in the lower ranks of an IT silo or a business department, Li followed his natural curiosity about the intersection of business and technology across departmental and disciplinary boundaries. This errant career man took an integrative path that mirrors the current relationship between business and IT units, in time producing for Softchoice the ultimate leadership candidate.

Leader as Bridge

As a man with more than a little wisdom to share, Li relates the importance of maintaining software compatibility and integration despite increasing business use of Cloud and SaaS without the help of IT. Having experience from both IT and business units, like marketing and sales, facilitates this relationship.

Li’s coworker, Erika Van Noort, is keen to point out the necessity of acquiring leaders who can empathize from all perspectives within and outside the business. Noort’s leadership philosophy is a revision of the traditional technical IT approach that focuses on users as customers who desire a fully functional and relevant end product:

…most technology deployments are done from the top down and result in employees complaining afterward that the systems and solutions aren’t helping them do their jobs. Instead, [Noort] advises, get buy-in from customers and employees first, and then determine from there which technology will best fit those needs.

Noort’s approach is congenial to what is commonly known as cross-functional development. A style that harkens to Li’s background and that draws upon DevOps strategy, it not only works for today’s business, but also molds a better brand of IT leader.

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Digital and Innovation Chiefs Among Most In Demand C-Level Jobs

By Nathalie Tadena

Dec 5, 2014 1:55 pm ET


Executives who can help companies navigate digital and technological change will be among the most sought-after candidates to join the corporate suite next year, according to a new report from executive recruiting firm Korn Ferry.


Associated Press According to a new report from Korn Ferry, the chief innovation officer and chief digital officer are among the most in-demand c-suite spots for 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The firm ranks the chief innovation officer and chief digital officer posts among the top five most in-demand executive positions spanning all industries for 2015, based on a survey of Korn Ferry’s executive search consultants. The chief innovation officer is typically responsible for finding new ways for a company to grow through innovation. The responsibilities of the chief digital officer is fast changing and range from helping companies digitize legacy applications to carrying out a social media strategy.

Chief commercial or revenue officer, chief cyber security officer and chief sustainability officer round out the five executive posts with the most demand for next year, according to Korn Ferry’s list.

The chief marketing officer– who is increasingly focused on boosting top-line growth through customer engagement, sales optimization and brand positioning– is among 2015′s top 15 most sought after c-suite spots, Korn Ferry said. There’s an especially strong demand for CMOs who understand managing an omni-channel platform, the firm notes.

The new media and social media industry is expected to be the second hottest sector for executive hiring next year, according to a Korn Ferry survey of 367 executives. The healthcare industry is projected to be the sector with the most robust executive hiring in 2015.




Korn Ferry. (2014, December 5). Digital and Innovation Chiefs Among Most In Demand C-Level Jobs. Retrieved from

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