ITD #12 ‘Preparing IT for business change’© IT Decisions 28 October 2011 – All rights reserved
To explore the issue of preparing the IT department for a change in business strategy we asked fourquestions – three of which were multiple choice and one designed to promote an open discussion.We received answers from 20 executives from 15 industry sectors: shipbuilding, real estate,consumer goods, logistics, insurance, education, automotive, telecoms, broadcasting, chemicals,media, food and beverages, consumer services, retail, and financial services.
Question 1: Would you say that an IT manager should always be flexible in their present strategyto absorb a possible "shock", a merger, acquisition or structural change in the organization?
As mentioned in the introduction, the business school professors tell you that a good executiveshould always be ready for change. But sometimes you just want to upgrade a system and run at astable state for a while. With this in mind, wanted to ask our executive community about how an ITchief should operate in terms of strategy.They overwhelmingly said that being ready for change is important ‐ with 80% saying that it isessential to have a flexible approach to your strategy today. This suggests that life in a modern ITdepartment is almost never stable; the business always has something new around the corner.
0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16Yes, it is essential to have lexibilityNo, it is impossible to predict any future event Having lexibility is necessary, but not alwayspossible80%0%20%