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This week's Big Question shows that IT professionals still have a fight on their hands when justifying their department's expenditure.
Although the majority believe their companies view IT as an asset, a significant minority still think their employers see the IT function as a liability that is vulnerable to cost-cutting.
One survey participant, who asked to remain anonymous, said that business people often found it easy to blame IT when work schedules become stressful.
"I believe IT is all too easily viewed in a negative light. This is due to the fact that whenever you are working to a tight schedule or on an important project and a technical or systems problem arises, IT is in the firing line," he said.
But John Peters of Royal Bank of Scotland reflected the majority view that, properly managed, IT is an asset to the business.
"I find that as long as IT works in conjunction with the business and understands that business needs are supported by IT then it can be treated as the asset it is.
"It is when IT is treated as a separate entity that it can become viewed as a liability," he said.