For many technology professionals, a job offer from a prominent company in Silicon Valley would be the opportunity of a lifetime—except if the job were as head of information technology. In that case, going to work for one of the Valley’s tech giants, or a hot new start-up, might involve several surprising frustrations.
New chief information officers in Silicon Valley often find themselves in the unfamiliar position of not having much street credibility. In this entrepreneurial technology culture, the glory goes to the engineers and developers.
But an Accenture study reveals that CIOs have found ways to earn a bigger share of respect for themselves and the IT organizations they lead by representing the customer, pushing for innovation and becoming well connected within the Valley’s high-tech scene.
In this research Accenture interviewed 34 Silicon Valley executives with CIO or equivalent responsibilities, and another 22 experts—consultants, executive coaches, academics and Valley IT expatriates—with deep understanding of working there.