5 IT Talent, Staffing Fails To Avoid

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When InformationWeek surveyed 100 IT leaders about their greatest mistakes, talent and staffing were among the many issues we heard about. Here, we focus on five of the biggest mistakes made in this category-and offer some advice on how you can learn from the pain of your peers.

What was the biggest mistake your IT organization made in the past 12 months?

That's the question InformationWeek posed to 100 IT leaders in the US earlier this year. It provided us with an inside view into the litany of woes facing IT professionals. These range from complications caused by vendors behaving badly to overcoming deeply entrenched business culture obstacles.

Talent and staffing mistakes were among the issues we heard about, and we'll focus on five of the biggest mistakes made in this category—and offer some advice on how you can learn from the pain of your peers.

First, here's some more information about the survey. Every year, InformationWeek releases the Elite 100 -- a ranking of the nation's most innovative users of business technology. As part of the process, we also conduct the annual InformationWeek Elite 100 Executive Research Survey, which offers a unique glimpse into the strategies of these 100 large, leading-edge IT organizations.

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The survey, which is open only to Elite 100 applicants, polled US-based companies and higher education institutions that have $250 million or more in revenue. Subsidiaries with revenues below $250 million may apply for the Elite 100 if their parent company has qualifying revenue and their parent company did not apply. Federal, state, county, and local or municipal US agencies are also eligible to apply.

All survey results are submitted on the condition of anonymity. While the mistakes we're highlighting here were submitted by survey respondents, we are omitting the names of companies and executives in order to protect the innocent (and guilty, as the case may be).

Once you've reviewed these five mistakes, tell us what you think. Are these lapses in judgment in line with your own experiences? Are there other talent and staffing mistakes you regret? How would you recommend fixing some of these errors? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.

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