IT Departments Still Undervalued Within Businesses

A report has today revealed that businesses are still not recognising the importance of their IT departments in decision-making processess.

The research, conducted by IT recruitment specialist Modis International, shows that the majority of IT leaders still hold an out-date perception of the IT department within an organisation which does not allow for an input into steering business strategy.

Jim Albert, MD at Modis says, "2011 could prove to be the tipping point at which IT becomes integral to business strategy, but the shift will only happen if the profession can overcome its perception as a non-critical implementer."

"Perhaps the most significant change for the IT industry in 2010 was its evolution from commodity to strategic asset and this trend will gather momentum in 2011. The need to be more commercially-minded and customer-focused is driving this shift."

Over 50 per cent of the 110 UK senior IT decision makers surveyed said that their IT departments are now involved in major changes within its organisations, involving supply chain and CRM developments.

Albert also stated that the financial services sector is driving the change in perceptions of this sector.

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