At the 2014 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, Equinix CIO Brian Lillie sat on a panel of experts who batted around how CIOs can overcome organizational obstacles and live and breathe best practices in strategic planning. Asked what obstacles plague Equinix's IT strategic roadmap, Lillie answered candidly: "Talent."
"We've been fortunate, but it's only going to get harder," said Lillie, identifying "finding talent with the skill sets that you need" as his biggest hang-up. At Equinix, a provider of data centers and Internet exchanges, Lillie is constantly trying to find and hire IT talent, such as skilled data scientists and application program interface developers, to accommodate the growing popularity of accessing cloud services via mobile devices and APIs.
"You have to take care to bring in the right people and let them create," Lillie said. "It's sometimes hard, so you need to reinvent how you manage, how you retract, how you retain, how you motivate, and how you compensate and incent these folks."