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Business chiefs wake up to IT as productivity driver, 22.2.05

Computer Weekly

Survey shows CIOs and business leaders in agreement on value of IT

The gap in understanding between IT and the wider business is closing as companies learn the lessons from disappointing IT investments made during the late 1990s and early 2000s, according to a survey published this week.

The survey of 300 business and IT managers in the UK and Ireland found that 84% of business managers and 76% of ITmanagers believe better use of IT has been the key driver in productivity gains over the past three years.

However, there is still room for improvement in the perceived performance of IT. The survey found that both groups believe IT is under-delivering against investments.

Three keys to business gains from IT

  • A strong emphasis on IT governance - there is transparency in all investments. They know what they are spending and why.
  • All projects are owned by a steering committee made up of both business and IT leaders, often chaired by a business leader.
  • The operational model includes a core relationship management role to work between internal businesses and IT teams, as well as external outsourcing or offshore agencies.

    And, Top seven skills CEOs say what they need from CIOs - in reverse order of importance


    Speak in English, and business English at that.

    Be a hero

    Be a half-full person, not half-empty. Never play the victim. I am on your side and always will be if I have confidence in you.

    Control your personal brand

    I have no way of proving how good you are on paper, so your success comes down to what I and others think of you. That is your reach (how many people know you) and your reputation (what they think of you). You have a brand, you must decide whether to take control.

    Influence and persuasion

    See the world from our customers' view. And please, never ever call me a "user". There is only one other industry that uses that term - drugs.


    It is not what you do that determines what people think of you, it is what people think you do. Perception is everything, so focus on relationships, rapport and trust.


    Your role is to awaken the leaders within your team, and yourself.


    Be business first, business always. Understand accounts. Be a business person and your career will flourish. Be a technologist and your career will stop in its tracks.

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