IT aligns closer with the business

IT departments are more closely aligned with the rest of the business than ever before, according to a survey of UK chief...

IT departments are more closely aligned with the rest of the business than ever before, according to a survey of UK chief information officers.

A detailed census of more than 100 heads of IT in UK companies by CIO Connect revealed that 80% of IT directors believe that IT spending approval is largely subject to the same processes as other business projects. This marks a shift from the days of the dotcom boom and bust.

There is now more collaboration on IT projects, the survey found, with 75% of respondents reporting that senior business colleagues were closely involved in managing large implementations.

"The gap between IT and other parts of the business, which has been a feature of business for so long, is now finally closing," the report said. "IT is ceasing to be something separate that has to be treated differently, and is instead becoming an integral part of business change."

IT staff management is also a key issue for CIOs, with more than 80% putting an emphasis on developing business and leadership skills among their team.

Robin Barrett, senior vice-president for technology at American Express, said, "We are seeing a maturity in the investment decisions in IT. There is a demystification of IT investment and an increasing knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages."

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