The role of the CIO is changing–and with it, the role that IT plays in delivering core IT services to the business

9 Mar

The role of the CIO is changing–and with it, the role that IT plays in delivering core IT services to business end users.  Gone are the days when IT existed as a cost-center / corporate utility operating in a pseudo-vacuum apart from business priorities.

The proliferation of new market options for procuring IT services is forcing IT professionals to get strategic.  Globalization, competitive pressures stemming from the recession, cloud computing [both public and private], and IT governance are transforming the role that IT plays in helping companies achieve mission critical strategic objectives, as well as the skill sets IT needs to deliver the required value to the business.

Accordingly, IT is at a crossroads:  in order to ensure a “seat at the table,” IT leaders needs to adapt their orientation toward strategy.  This is the only way to ensure that the most impactful multitude of available technology options will be selected by business end users, giving the business what it needs to succeed.

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