While the issue of IT-business alignment receives much attention, many fail to realize that the laudable goal is a two-way street, according to continuing research from Robert Frances Group (RFG) (http://www.rfgonline.com). True, effective IT-business alignment requires cooperation and participation by both IT executives and their counterparts throughout an enterprise, but many enterprises focus the responsibility on IT, to their competitive peril, RFG found. The importance of this issue has led RFG to make its latest research on IT-business alignment free to qualified requesters, and to develop Executive Summits on the subject to be held later this year.
"The days of IT shouldering all or most of the burden to deliver and prove IT-business alignment must be over, if the goal is to be achieved and sustained," said Ron Exler, RFG's Director of Research Operations and author of the recent RFG Research Note, "IT-Business Alignment is a Two-Way Street: Business Executives Take Note." "IT-business alignment isn't just about IT departments delivering whatever the business requests - it's about working together to build and operate a successful business, something in which all corporate decision- makers have major roles and stakes."
RFG's research, based on discussions with and feedback from numerous enterprise IT executive clients, indicates that IT leaders and staff have frequently been unfairly labeled as "technology-focused geeks" with insufficient focus on or understanding of business issues. However, a new breed of business-savvy IT executive is emerging, at the same time that regulations are increasingly requiring non-IT executives to demonstrate unprecedented levels of governance and accountability. "IT and other business executives should view the enterprise as a shared responsibility," RFG's Research Note concludes, adding that enterprise must "view technology and technologists as integrated parts of the business."
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