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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.
The Business of Going DigitalDigital business isn't about changing code; it's about changing what legacy sales, distribution, customer service, and product groups do in the new digital age. It's about bringing big data analytics, mobile, social, marketing automation, cloud computing, and the app economy together to launch new products and services. We're seeing new titles in this digital revolution, new responsibilities, new business models, and major shifts in technology spending.
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.