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Boardroom never forgives basic IT bungles

The board will never forgive an IT director who fails to get basic IT right, Computer Associates has warned.

Speaking at last week’s City IT financial services technology forum, CA’s industry development director Andy Coulter said, “If you do not do the basic stuff well, you will never be forgiven.

“When drafting your business strategy, start looking at the basic issues you have to solve first and then introduce the value-added, the marketing-leading and finally the visionary stuff.”

Although heads of IT needed a vision to create a good business strategy, their boards were more likely to focus on the day-to-day running of IT systems, said Coulter.

“If you do the basic stuff, they will be pleased. If you deliver market-leading projects, they will be really impressed, but if you do not succeed with visionary IT change, do not worry because they were not expecting that anyway.”

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