Big changes ahead for IT director role


Big changes ahead for IT director role

Nick Huber
The role of the IT director on the company board will disappear in the next five years, according to management guru David Taylor.

Taylor, who begins a regular column in Computer Weekly on 22 February, predicted that the board-level IT director's role will be consumed by the director for business operations.

"In enlightened companies there will be a director responsible for all processes and operations within an organisation, ensuring areas such as customer services are delivered and enhanced," said Taylor, who is president of IT director's organisation NCC-Certus and author of bestselling management book The Naked Leader.

"The role will also involve [overseeing] considerable administration and supply chain management," he said.

On the plus side, Taylor said IT directors are well-placed to fill this new role. However, he added that a persuasive personality would be more important than in-depth knowledge of technology for ambitious IT directors who want a seat on the board.

"The greatest irony is that IT directors' IT training does not matter one hoot," he said.

IT leaders urged to drop the victim mentality>>

In the series of columns to appear in Computer Weekly, Taylor will outline the key challenges facing IT directors and the skills needed to deal with them.

His managerial blueprint comes at a time when IT departments are grappling with the demands of corporate financial regulations and are under pressure to demonstrate the value of IT investment to sceptical boards.

' Drop the victim mentality, p20

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