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By David Otte, CAO and CIO, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
A literal interpretation of an IT title signifies that IT professionals are only responsible for technology systems (and perhaps data management) which is a very limited, micro view of how IT professionals support the business. Information and Technology are two different concepts that have somehow become fused together. Unfortunately, this generalization of IT professionals is a simplification of an IT professional's role in supporting the business.
“More than ever, all functions, departments, processes, products, and people within a company are deeply impacted by technology.”
The role of Information Technology leadership is no longer simply about managing applications, infrastructure, and data. IT leadership has expanded to include managing critical processes, costs, clients, revenue streams, growth, and more. Management of technology and the associated cost drivers - although imperative if an IT leader wants responsibilities outside of traditional IT - is now an assumed deliverable at base level services if you want a seat at the leadership table.