Are The CIO And IT Organization Replaceable?
Technology spending and influence are moving outside of the IT department, but let's not lay a wreath for the IT pro just yet. Organizations including Allstate and USAA demonstrate IT's value as an innovation leader.
October 09, 2012
The new conventional wisdom is that the CIO and IT organization are becoming relics, as business technology decision-making and purchasing move into marketing, sales, HR, and other departments. Who needs a big IT organization, the reasoning goes, when tech-savvy line-of-business workers and their managers can buy the server capacity, storage, applications, and devices they need with a few clicks and a credit card? In a column titled "New Face Of IT: Line Of Business Execs," InformationWeek contributor Patrick Houston relates the example of LivingSocial, a Groupon-like startup whose HR chief, Jennifer Trzepacz, ramped up cloud-based recruiting, payroll, and employee performance-management systems in next to no time--all without an IT department. Concludes Houston: "Trzepacz and others like her--managers who know their disciplines... Read full story on InformationWeek
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