Always Two Sides to a Coin

Author: Rimi Bewtra, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Oracle Fusion Middleware

In recent Information Week issues, I read two different articles written by Chris Murphy that reminded me, “there are always two sides to a coin.”

In the first article, “6 Ways IT Still Fails the Business”, Chris outlined key challenges from the Business perspective while in the second article this month Chris discusses “ 5 Ways Businesses Fail Their IT Organizations. Reading both articles, I realized how vital technology is for all enterprises. Three take-a-ways, I gained from reading both articles are:

1.      Technology and investments in IT need to be treated as an asset rather than a necessary cost or expense by the enterprise.  Technology should be that strategic differentiator.

2.      IT and Business need to understand and prioritize both their short-term and long-term goals then come together to align their priorities.

3.      Unfortunately or fortunately (depending on how you look at it) there is no one size fits all solution for business or IT. The right answer today may not be the right answer for tomorrow. Technology solutions need to be open and flexible.

I encourage business and IT leaders to read both these articles with an open mind. I guarantee you will realize that the business and IT alignment are not as divergent as you might think – the world and how we work, compete, and innovate is changing – so must we.

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