Not all companies are cheap and won't invest in technology.
It takes a smart mix of the CEO and CIO to make smart decisions. The days that the "IT Manager" reports to the CFO are over.
IT is a very neccessary evil for any company that wants to be successful these days.
If you have leadership that can see past the fluff then you will be successful.
While I respect all of the opinions that I have read, I think that if you are unhappy with "your company" then you can quit and go somewhere that you can be happy. There are good companies out there that don't just see IT as a burden.
I would not want to work for a company that did not value what I do as an IT person. Lucky for me, every company that I have worked for have let me manage all of the IT processes/expenses and have been very liberal with resources.
I will say this.....If it were not for IT then almost every company in existence would not opperate.
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