The information technology leadership role continues to evolve. Leaders’ responsibilities have increased as companies become more dependent on technology. The workforce is more dispersed and tech-savvy.
The competitive landscape is continually changing. New compliance issues, security threats and advanced technologies can be difficult for any technology leader to balance. How can organizations find that one individual who can align their business strategy, satisfy users and keep up with the changing technology landscape?
In the past, business leaders often viewed the IT department as a support function. IT had to ensure the network was up, the internet was connected and software was upgraded.
Today, with companies reliant on technology for almost everything, IT is taking on a new, elevated role. IT not only keeps the lights but helps drive innovation. In addition, the technology footprint no longer resides inside the walls of the business. Cloud technologies increase the complexity and requirements of management.
Business leaders need to ask how much technology is incorporated into their strategic plans and what contribution IT leadership plays. Surprisingly, business leaders often have a separate plan for technology.
How can the biggest enabler of the business not be part of the strategy? Often, it is because IT leadership doesn’t have a seat at the executive table. In some industries, technology thought leadership is managed within another function, such as engineering.