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For years, conference organisers have made a comfortable living from hosting events aimed at preaching to IT directors on how...

For years, conference organisers have made a comfortable living from hosting events aimed at preaching to IT directors on how they can improve their image and that of their department, and so haul themselves onto the board

Mark Lewis

Opinion

The talk has long been of glass ceilings, delivering tangible benefits and speaking the language of the business at large.

Eureka! A new report published by the Hays IT survey suggests that, at last, there are signs of progress. The report shows that the department has come in from the corporate hinterland. Company directors are apparently quaking in their boots at the prospect of a board take-over by IT: one half of bosses feel threatened by the growing clout of the IT director.

None of this should come as a surprise to readers of Computer Weekly, who are well aware that IT has never been more central to the direction of the business.

It's all a question of fingers in pies. These days, nothing goes on in an organisation without IT's involvement. And the dawning of e-business has dragged the department up into the vanguard of business strategy.

Of course, one report does not an entire business trend make. But the signs are that the message that the IT department has become much more than a service provider is finally filtering through the business.

What is needed now is a little self-belief and a lot of good, solid ideas. IT chiefs should carry this report close to their hearts like a talisman. But they should also strive to capitalise on the shift it has highlighted. Now is the time to shout louder than ever about the business benefits IT can deliver.

You know IT's worth; the business knows IT's worth. Now you need to prove that worth beyond all doubt.

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