I came across a CIO magazine article, “Transforming IT: Getting to Business Value,” and it really resonated with me – and spoke to the core of what we believe in here at DCG.
If you’re an avid reader of the blog, you’re aware that here at DCG, we constantly tout the belief that IT needs to integrate with the business; that is, IT must function with the goals of the business in mind, in order to offer the most value to the organization and benefit the bottom line.
According to the article, and the magazine’s 2013 “State of the CIO” survey, we’re not alone in our belief that this is an important strategy; the survey indicates that 81 percent of CIOs spend their time on transformation/business strategist activities, and that, more than ever, CIOs are looking at trends that could significantly improve the business.
However, there’s a gap between what CIOs want and what IT and business managers believe is truly possible.
Functional areas within the enterprise that are creating the greatest challenges for IT organizations, with regard to support, integration, and/or investments. Source: IDG Research Services
The issue lies in the fact that business managers don’t always understand the strategic business value in these trends, and how they can play a role in capitalizing on the value.
Thus, CIOs need to more actively involve themselves in business strategy, clearly demonstrating the value that IT plays in the success of the business.
Our Business Value of IT advisory service helps CIOs and IT to achieve this, and we’re happy to answer any questions about how and why this is possible. The best way to showcase the importance of IT is to integrate with the business – and we’re here to help!