Dimension Data has begun the search for a new CIO
to join its ranks, but not to replace the current internal one.
Instead, the advertised role would involve being a surrogate CIO
for Dimension Data's outsourcing clients who have contracted
Dimension Data to run their IT departments, with the official
title of national outsourcing services manager.
In such contracts, one of which had been with the Starlight
Foundation, Dimension Data would augment the client's existing team
with its own skilled people and take over running the IT
department. If the contract was ended, the staff would be again
managed by the client.
The new "CIO style" role would require the applicant to be CIO
to the mixed teams from multiple clients.
"We're expanding our business in this area," a spokesperson
for Dimension Data told ZDNet.com.au, saying that there were
currently around three or four clients who currently had such an
The company had advertised for a CIO role, because the
successful candidate would need CIO skills and not just IT support
skills, according to the spokesperson, including building IT
infrastructure, reporting to management — in this case the
client — and being able to do improvement programs.
If the growth continued in the area, there could be scope for a
second role of the same ilk, the spokesperson said.