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IT Needs To Do More
Peter Drucker changed how people think about management, coining concepts such as "knowledge worker" that are now part of our lives. Drucker, who died Nov. 11, shaped countless IT business leaders through his dozens of books. Their ranks include people as influential as Intel co-founder Andrew Grove, who cites the Druckerism of not promoting based on potential. "Promote on performance, which you can assess," Drucker urged. This sentence had "a pervasive and lasting influence on promotion decisions," Grove said in a statement.
Drucker didn't let IT off the hook. "Information technology is beginning to supply the information we need for business decisions," Drucker said in a broadcast two years ago at a Delphi Group conference. However, "it provides nothing of use about the outside business environment." Living up to Drucker's challenges would be fitting tribute to the man who invented the study of management.
IT's Reputation: What the Data SaysInformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business really views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. Our results suggest IT leaders should worry less about whether they're getting enough resources and more about the relationships they have with business unit peers.
What The Business Really Thinks Of IT: 3 Hard TruthsThey say perception is reality. If so, many in-house IT departments have reason to worry. InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. The news isn't great.
InformationWeek Must Reads Oct. 21, 2014InformationWeek's new Must Reads is a compendium of our best recent coverage of digital strategy. Learn why you should learn to embrace DevOps, how to avoid roadblocks for digital projects, what the five steps to API management are, and more.