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5 Blockages in the Way of IT Becoming a Business Partner

IT should be like the blood vessels in the body, facilitating the sharing and transportation of vital resources with the business, and yet blockages continue to occur. Pearl Zhu writes a blog post about five things that get in the way of IT becoming the strategic partner it ought to be:

  1. Lack of communication
  2. Lack of IT role refining
  3. Lack of long-term strategy
  4. Lack of process alignment
  5. Lack of open culture and resources

Regarding role refining, Zhu says IT must present itself as a value creator for the business rather than an order taker or a cost center. If the business is ignorant to how much IT can really do, that is your fault. Developing long-term strategies helps toward warding off the silo mentality where one hand never knows what the other is doing. And since IT is in the unique position of seeing such a wide view of the business, they have the ability to see where alignment could stand to improve across the business. Only a CIO has the power and the influence to fix these issues. IT will become a legitimate strategic partner once it fully realizes its potential to improve the business.

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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