Is IT Out of the Loop When It Comes to Business?

Is IT Out of the Loop When It Comes to Business?

Is IT Out of the Loop When It Comes to Business?

Ready and Able  63% of IT pros are confident that they can respond to business needs.

Companies often talk a good game when it comes to clarifying and prioritizing IT's role with the business side of the house, but many organizations are falling short on actually delivering, according to the "2013 Cisco Global IT Impact Survey." Sure, business executives are happy to meet with IT leaders, but then they turn around and launch major apps without telling IT, or they bring the technology organization into the process far too late, survey findings reveal. The report also sheds light on the need for tech professionals to bring themselves up to speed on emerging trends. Despite the fact that nearly half of the survey respondents appreciate prospects of new business opportunities with the "Internet of Things," many confess that they don't have a firm grasp of what this term actually means. And while there are plans to deploy software defined networking (SDN) solutions this year, such deployments are pretty much nonexistent at the moment. As a bonus, you may find it interesting to learn how technology workers believe their role is viewed by business executives. An estimated 1,300 IT employees in 13 countries took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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