CIO Magazine says that questionnaires are being sent out to CIOs around Europe as research funded by the European Commission seeks to set out guidelines for IT best practices. The Innovation Value Institute (IVI) at Maynooth University in Ireland was awarded €300,000 last month to conduct the project, aiming to strengthen and professionalize the role of CIO (chief information officers) and IT professionals. As part of its research, IVI will seek to establish a European training program for IT managers to deal with an anticipated shortfall of qualified job candidates.
In many organizations globally, the IT department is still a provider of support services rather than a boardroom decision-maker. This global problem is unsustainable for successful modern organizations. There is a lack of an obvious career structure, no common language to describe professional skills and competencies, there is no metric for measuring these skills and no common framework to assure them.
Details are at CIO: http://www.cio.com/article/658063/EU_Seeks_to_Establish_Guidelines_for_CIOs