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IT Directors More Important To Business Strategy Than Ever Before

Londan: While the traditional image of IT departments was one of a cost sink-hole, living a separate existence to the rest of the company, they are now more important than ever of businesses.

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{/googleAds} That’s according to a new report launched by Vodafone UK, entitled 'The New IT Crowd'. Part of Vodafone’s Perspective series, which aims to provide in-depth insights into the UK workplace, the report explores the ever increasing importance of senior IT professionals in workplace.

The research, which surveyed 300 IT directors and 300 non-IT business leaders, found that IT is now recognised as a strategic priority (86%) at board level, with the IT team now expected to think about the ‘bigger picture’ (88%). This comes at a time when the IT department is also expected to manage an increasingly complex technology and communications estate, becoming a key driver in business performance.

The rapid pace of technological change is one of the main reasons for the shift in fortunes of the IT department. IT is now seen as a key part of organisational innovation and transformation, rather than just being viewed as a tool for reducing costs and remaining competitive. Nearly nine out of 10 respondents stated that IT is now an important enabler of change and three quarters said that it has changed the nature of the competition they face.

The research points to a new generation of IT professionals who are a powerful, multi-faceted breed, thinking ahead, thinking bigger. For some, this will be second nature, for others it will take some time to get there,” says Jonathan Kini. “Collaborating across functions and with other organisations whether it is suppliers or customers sharing knowledge and keeping on top of both business and IT developments will help develop this new mindset.”

 

Last modified onThursday, 27 March 2014 13:22
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