Gap between IT and non-IT managers widens
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The discrepancy among the understanding of IT managers, executives, and end-users on the success and implementations of projects has invariably risen, a new survey shows.
The second annual Getting IT Right Survey by IDC and the Getting IT Right Initiative aims to determine the performance of information technology in the country.
In the 2011 study, a number of areas that IT and non-IT managers needed to work on to harness the potential of IT were disclosed. The 2012 survey, for its part, aimed to explore the supposition that a misalignment of IT with business strategy within New Zealand organisations continue to exist.
"In 2012, the gap between IT managers and non-IT managers' perceptions of project success rates, accountability, and the pivotal role IT plays in business strategy showed signs of becoming a crevasse," says Louise Francis, senior market analyst, IDC New Zealand.
"The growing complexity of IT projects and the fusion of IT strategy with business strategy will require IT managers to cultivate strong executive support and better consultation with line-of-business sponsors at all stages of the project from identification through to post-implementation testing. Senior-level support and sponsorship is essential to enabling IT project success, and this support needs to be loud and clear to the whole of the organisation."
The survey, completed in December 2012, had 182 respondents, of which 51percent had some level of input in their organisation's business strategy, and over a third had at least moderate input. The survey polled participants on their experiences with IT projects from both decision makers and end-user viewpoints.
Read more at cio.co.nz.
In the old days this was realised and software was usually built in house by programmers who were often people who were from other parts of the business who were then trained in sofware development. At least that is what I saw at one place I worked at years ago. Certainly there was a closer integration of the business and the developers and IT in general.
Now days, the thinking is that software and IT is a commodity like power and telephones. The emphasis is on outsourcing. The general direction of companies is to further abstract IT from the business even though businesses are increasingly dependant on IT
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