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IT Dept still remains a 'Cost-centre' in most corporates
It is not the IT Dept but the business which needs to identify and recognize the fact that IT is no longer merely a 'Cost-centre', as it is often considered, but can be a crucial business enabler. In my experience in the corporate sector for almost two decades, I have seen IT Depts (actually metamorphose from the traditional 'EDP Dept' to a more appropriate 'IT Dept') transform themselves into change managers and business enablers by function. However, it is amazing still how many large corporates still treat their IT Depts as a 'cost-centre' denying them their fair share as internal business partners in these highly tech-driven business environment. Many corporates still stuck in stone age organizational structures have their IT Heads report to the CFO (Finance Head) rather than the CEO. Unless IT is considered as a distinct function capable of contributing to and enhancing operational efficiency and innovation for greater business impact, corporates will continue to waste their important IT resources, and perhaps lose their brightest minds to competitors or others who value their true worth.