Is IT Being Shut Out of Key Tech Decisions?

By Dennis McCafferty
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    37% of tech spending is now controlled by departments outside the IT organization.

The IT organization is increasingly being shut out of technology decision-making and budget-spending discussions, according to a recent survey from Avanade. The accompanying report, "Global Survey: What's Creating Tension between IT and Business Leaders?" reveals that C-level executives and line-of-business (LoB) leaders have developed an increasing sense of independence, with the majority of them concluding that they can make technology-related decisions better and faster if they don't involve the IT department. Chalk it up to the ever-growing consumerism of technology, as well as the dominance of mobility and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives. There's "a real tension between IT and the broader business as budgets and control move outside the traditional IT department," according to the report. "Executives consistently see evidence of it: More employees are choosing to use their own devices, including mobile phones, laptops and tablets to do work-related activities. … So, today, IT has less control over important areas of technology adoption, but is still accountable for the impact these technologies make on a company's operations." Fortunately, there's a bright side: Those same C-level execs and business leaders expect IT to have a greater say in tech decisions In the future. More than 1,000 global C-level executives, business unit leaders and IT decision-makers took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2014-05-09
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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