Following this logic, if the value is created within individual business units, the role of central IT evolves to looking for these innovations and extending their benefits to other parts of the organization. Even though it may sound well on paper, challenges of integration between silo???ed systems, amplified by IT behaviour that promotes creation of such systems, can overweigh the benefits of agility and result in dysfunctional enterprise.
It won't always make sense to extend every innovation to other parts of the organization. But recognizing when it is possible and capitalizing on the benefits of those opportunities... I'd say that's a crucial role of the CIO.
Aberdeen Group offers a strategic roadmap for IT to move from "no way" to "this way"???SoMoClo: social+mobile+cloud=business transformation.
Tell finance not to approve any IT purchases unless IT purchase is on a pre-approved list. This works if IT is responsive to non standard??purchase requests. I would suggest a SLA of IT replying to business within one week. Usually, IT can investigate product or service or find a better product or service within one week. Often, IT informs business that product or service already exists in-house but person making the request did not know about it.
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