Given that the perception of information technology‘s (IT) value and status within an organization are in a state of constant flux, how do you prove that value and maintain that status when IT’s role as purveyor of all technology is nothing but a distant memory? IT World brought this news to us in their article, “Is IT having an identity crisis?

Forty percent of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) say that they make 50% or less of the IT decisions for their companies. And 39% said that business departments buy their own technology without consulting IT very often.

Even if this outsourcing is taking place, it seems like CIOs should be at the table making those decisions as well. Granted, there is a fine line in being involved and being in the weeds.

And how does a CIO work with the ever more popular Chief Data Officer (CDO)? The number of large organizations with CDOs has more than doubled in the past three years. Where do they fit in the traditional IT department structure?

Melody K. Smith

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