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Isn't that what has happened? Isn't that the whole point of having a CIO on the executive management team? Is the importance of that officer not reflected in lower levels of management also?

I don't know the answers to those questions. If answer to all of them is "No," you're absolutely right that the IT folks need to be brought into the matrix you describe. And now!

--Mike Buckley

Yes, I'd agree it is happening. Yes, I would agree again that's the point of having the CIO on executive management teams. Yes, it draws attention to the importance of the position.

I'm not sure how much weight businesses give to integrating IT into operations. I suspect that IT is not prioritized yet by many (most) businesses (CEO's and CFO's) as a strategic weapon that should actually rank higher than it probably does. That is my opinion and it sounds like I'm speaking from a 'matter of fact' point of view, so read it as only that.

Put another way. When individual consumers become poorer for whatever reason, one of the first things that usually gets cut out of the personal budget is insurance. When the macro-economy starts to sour and businesses start to tighten the belt what's one of the first itens budgeted for that starts to get whittled back? We're living through it right now.....IT spending.

Do you think that has anything to do with the priority that IT spending has in the pecking order of where money gets spent in business? As more CIO's become capable of externalizing the benefits in ROI terms this will change, I'm sure.


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