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The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership by Martha Heller

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The Enterprise Architecture Paradox

When a CIO tells me that she is going to need to hire an enterprise architecture leader, I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, I know that she’ll need to work with a specialized IT executive recruiter; this means a new engagement for my firm, so I am happy. But when I think about the path ahead, about the process of getting on the same page with the CIO about what she wants in an enterprise architect, I am a little nervous. My team and I are excited for the challenge, and we know that—come hell or high water—we will be successful but, we also know the search will be tough.

Breaking Down the EA Paradox

Why? What is the problem with finding great enterprise architecture talent? Well, let’s think about ...

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