IT Management Slideshow: Are You a Strategist or an Operator?

By Ericka Chickowski  |  Posted 06-30-2009
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Are You a Strategist or an Operator?

Are You a Strategist or an Operator?

Board Recognition

IT strategist organizations are twice as likely as operators to appear routinely on their board agenda. When on the agenda, strategists are more likely to discuss risks than operators.

Does your company run a strategic IT shop, or an operational one? According to the IT Governance Institute (ITGI), strategists are more forward-looking, are governed with an eye toward partnering with lines of business in order to innovate, and tend to return more from their IT investments. Operators are most concerned with cutting costs in the here and now, are governed to keep the lights on and often miss opportunities to realize value from their investments.

In a recent study conducted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, ITGI examined the behaviors and outcomes of these two types of IT organizations.



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