In This Chapter
Considering the role of corporate IT
Working for a business unit
Identifying the pros and cons of in-house jobs
Every business today relies on technology to get work done. It’s a given. You can’t make cars or even serve hamburgers without technology. Enter the role of corporate IT. There are three main corporate models that firms use to serve technology to their organization: centralized IT, decentralized IT, and a hybrid approach. These models depend on several factors within a company. The advent of corporate IT came about for several reasons, including purchasing power and overall efficiency.
Imagine a company with five business units of varying size. Each business unit requires computing needs from laptops and software, to managing payroll for its employees. If each group were in charge of negotiating and buying computer hardware, software, and payroll systems, the company would have a complicated hodgepodge of technologies that would be difficult to support. Plus, if each business unit negotiated its own deal, the company wouldn’t get the optimal price.
Enter corporate IT. By providing a set of shared technology ...