Mentoring is not just about attracting talent to understand the workflow and process standards of a business; it is about the culture and nuances of learning a profession, communication skills, leadership skills and growth as a professional and as a person. It is also about establishing a deeper connection with someone who "has been there, done that" and lived to tell the story. The most successful mentoring relationships foster mutual respect, trust, communication and career growth.

A mentor can be a lifeline, especially for women and racially underrepresented minorities in information technology. Mentors provide support and advice, can guarantee employee accomplishments and achievements, and can help high-potential talent grow in the organization.

In this period of shortage of skilled labor, mentoring can also be an effective way to extend the knowledge of technology experts to new and less experienced employees. A 2014 CQA report found that 89% of organizations used mentoring or learning to engage experts, and 59% said that these methods were effective or very effective. Clearly, there is room for improvement.

In fact, formalizing mentorship in a standardized program across the organization is difficult and can turn against a potential mentor and potential mentees.

"The logistics of mentoring is not that difficult, but human resources can not demand it. Mentors and mentees must feel that they want to participate, and mentees do not want to feel like any other. the checkbox of their mentor, "says Bask Iyer, CIO and GM for Edge Computing / IOT for Dell and VMware. "The last thing you want, is a mentor thinking:" Lord, I still have eighty things to do and now I have this mentoring meeting. "She must be an integral part of your culture and grow organically. ," he says.