IT stagnates on boardroom membership



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24 June 2011 | 0

Representation for IT in the boardroom has stagnated, with no increase since 2009. Furthermore, IT is increasingly fighting the perception of it as a utility that is not a strategic engine of business change.

These are some of the findings of the third “Evolving Role of the IT Function” survey carried out by project management and IT consulting specialist, Clarion Consulting.

“It’s disappointing to see that IT boardroom membership has not increased since 2009,” said Pat Millar, CEO, Clarion Consulting. “We had seen some strong acceleration through 2007 and 2009 but this, coupled with a significant drop in the number of respondents citing IT as strategically valuable to the organisation, is a negative development for the industry as a whole.




“At a time, when many organisations are trying to re-assess and re-invent how they do business, they fail to understand that IT can serve as a dynamic driver of innovation and creativity. We encourage IT professionals to be far more aggressive in communicating the message of IT as business enabler and one which deserves its place at the top table.”

The survey was conducted online from December 2010 to January 2011 and canvassed opinion from the public and private sectors across a wide range of industry verticals in Ireland. It found that there is an increasing perception of IT as a utility service, with 44% of respondents expressing a belief that IT’s role is limited to simply supporting the business function.

For more details see the July/August issue of ComputerScope, available on July 15.

Paul Hearns

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