How IT Responds to Shifting Business Demands

Posted 05-29-2015 Email

Business executives believe improving IT's support of strategic and operational business plans remains a top priority, according to a recent survey from The Hackett Group. The report, titled "IT Key Issues in 2015: Innovation and Agility Are Driving the IT Agenda," reveals that CIOs and their tech teams must respond more quickly to shifts in business demands, while decreasing expenses through greater efficiencies. The survey findings essentially break down into three topic points: top IT priorities for the year ahead, business strategies for 2015 and anticipated risk factors during the same time period. To effectively respond to these areas, CIOs must overhaul the IT service delivery model to better support the convergence of business and tech. "The best IT leaders are realizing that the way they've operated in the past no longer cuts it," said Scott Holland, IT executive advisory practice leader for The Hackett Group. "The traditional mindset of building systems that are robust, predictable and 'to spec' isn't enough anymore. Yes, you need to keep the legacy systems running. But greater agility and flexibility is required, and IT (must) turn on a dime to support the changing needs of the business and create real strategic advantage." Executives representing more than 170 global companies took part in the research.



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