Organisations have failed their IT like bad parents
Fed up with the modern failures of IT being all IT's fault, I thought it was time to do something about it. So here is a white paper aimed at educating the business world to their responsibilities for IT. The world has really messed up owning IT (Information Technology), like a bad parent messing up a child's upbringing, letting them develop bad habits. We need to do better. We can do better. We need to do it soon, as modern IT requirements become ever more complex. [The white paper was slightly edited for version 5 in June 2012]
IT is in bad shape, struggling to meet escalating demands for more complex automation, more data, more complex technology, and dispersed control (internet, Cloud, Agile, mobile, social media BYOD…).
This isn’t entirely IT’s fault. They have been left to make their own way with insufficient guidance, support and resources.
If this continues, more IT departments will fail to enable their organisation to remain effective and competitive. We must help them out, and soon.
Those who run and govern organisations have an accountability and responsibility to manage and govern IT, just as they do every other aspect of the enterprise. This is true in the public and private sectors alike. It is not a new message but only now is it catching on.