You may take the view that the world is divided into two distinct tribes, one made up of those who understand the value of IT, and the other made up of those who absolutely do not. Chances are, your company employs people belonging to each tribe. Those in the former tribe respect use policies, remember to lock their computers down, and generally adhere to all the rules you've established. Those in the latter tribe do nothing of the sort. And, when it's all said and done, the latter proves to be most troublesome to the state of IT in your company. Unfortunately, some of your worst offenders happen to reside in the C-suite. In fact, in far too many cases, it's your CEO who is most clueless about the value of IT, and as a result commits some of the most egregious blunders. Here are nine signs that you work for a CEO who just doesn't "get it" when it comes to understanding the power of IT in your organization.
CEOs don't always see the potential revenue gains that can come from IT investment. Too often, they simply categorize spending on a new cloud solution or computers as an expense. You'll need to help them understand that investing in technologies to enhance employee productivity improves your company's chances of generating increased revenue. IT is an investment—not just an expense.
This article was originally published on 08-09-2011