IT and business alignment increases confidence
IT departments that are directly aligned with the business are more confident of reaching their targets during economic uncertainty.
According to research carried out by Loudhouse amongst 500 UK companies, on behalf of Cisco, 68% of IT departments are confident of meeting their objectives for the next 12 months.
The Cisco IT Reality Gap Survey 2008 also revealed that 42% of businesses said that the economic downturn has had a high or very high impact on their IT strategy. But three quarters of these are still confident of reaching their IT goals.
When the business and IT understand each other the targets set are more realistic. This is particularly important during times of economic uncertainty
Billy Hamilton-Stent, director at Loudhouse, said there is "an air of confidence at a less than confident time."
He said if the business and IT are closely aligned they will be able to set better targets. "They are more confident because they are closer to the business and more sensitive to change and realistic about objectives."