Executives in every area of the organization need to understand technology, and that’s simply due to the nature and pervasiveness of tech in the world today. Whether you’re in charge of HR or you’re the head of marketing, technology is how business is done. With this in mind, it’s impossible to be effective without having more than a cursory knowledge of the technology available to them.
Trends Decide the Future
This article by Sam Shead shares some of the trends that are “shaping the future of enterprise IT,” and while there aren’t many surprises contained within, it none the less shines a very bright light on many areas where executives who aren’t specifically in IT might be a bit rusty. For example, consider the knowledge executives may or may not have around software-defined networking:
While desktops, servers and even databases have been virtualised by businesses, networks have remained fairly untouched up until now.
The report found that software-defined networking (SDN) – where the network is managed through software instead of hardware – can make enterprises even more flexible because it allows organisations to reconfigure the networks without adjusting physical characteristics. This makes it easier for businesses to manage, change and integrate cloud services, according to the report.
Security and Social Media is Everyone’s Concern
Other areas that need executive attention are security and social media. Security is often overlooked by non-IT execs because it seems to be something that only IT should be concerned with, and social media because executives simply don’t know how to properly handle the new medium. Both represent areas which are expanding to cover all aspects of the business. Read the full article (and a link to the report) here: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/cio-insights/why-every-executive-is-a-tech-executive-now/