How to Build the Ultimate Fantasy IT Team
In the spirit of Fantasy Football, technology pros share their insights, strategies and top draft picks for their dream Fantasy IT team.
Thu, September 19, 2013
CIO — With the fantasy football season underway, we started to wonder what would a fantasy IT team look like?
You also need to pick your position players wisely.
Being football fans (and, yes, techies) we had our own ideas about who should quarterback and defend IT. But we wanted to know what the pros -- fantasy football-loving IT execs -- thought. So we asked, who would you want on your fantasy IT team?
Top Draft Picks For Your Fantasy IT Team
Quarterback (QB): The CIO. "Though some argue a running back provides more value to your fantasy team, no position is more important than a consistent quarterback," says Kevin Goldberg, marketing director, WalkMe, an interactive online guidance and engagement platform. "The CIO and QB are the ultimate heads of the team, receiving the blame and credit whether it's deserved or not," he says.
"A quarterback must possess sharp leadership skills and a keen eye for visually mapping out plays to be successful," states David Link, CEO, IT monitoring software provider ScienceLogic. "His counterpart in the IT world, the CIO, requires similar skills to get the job done," he explains. "A CIO that can adapt well to change while maintaining visibility across all of an organization's IT infrastructure is a huge asset."
Backup Quarterbacks: Project Managers. "Project managers are the quarterbacks on my team," says Moore. "I don't necessarily need them to be elite, but I need them to be solid, effective and unflappable," he says.
"Performing well on one project and poorly on the next won't work for me; I demand consistency in this role," Moore says. "No matter what pressures or issues arise, I need PMs who can motivate and lead their teams, keep projects moving and manage to timelines, all while being judicious in their decision making and rarely making mistakes," like an NFL quarterback.
Wide Receiver (WR): Director of IT. "While the quarterback leads the team on the field, it's the wide receiver who gets to execute on the QB's vision," says Link. "The director of IT holds a similar role, and to be successful, he or she must be able to take direction from the CIO and quickly execute on it."
Running Backs (RB): Director of Infrastructure/Architecture, System Administrators, Network Engineer. "The directors of Infrastructure/Architecture provide the foundation for your IT team; same goes with the running backs," says Goldberg. "Last year, I went heavy with other positions and light at RB and subsequently paid the price," he sorrowfully notes. "Your IT team relies on these guys more than you'd think, and you only realize you take them for granted after they're gone."