I've written a lot in the past three years about the transformation of information technology (IT) from a cost center to a value center. The chief information officer (CIO) now has a seat at the C-suite table, and the C-suite expects the CIO to deliver real business value!
Delivering real business value is a major part of what I've been calling the big shift. In the past, CIOs were under constant pressure to reduce costs. Although that pressure hasn't gone away entirely, it's been replaced by new pressure to help the business units drive revenue. The old game was all about the bottom line; the new game is about both the bottom line and the top line.
Another key component of the big shift is the change in focus from internal users to external customers. Increasingly, IT is serving the company's customers. Unlike internal customers, external customers generate revenues. If they don't receive great service from your company, they won't merely complain—they will find another company to serve their needs, and your company will lose revenue.
Without a doubt, the game has been elevated and the stakes for IT are far higher than ever before. That's why I call it the big shift—the role of IT is changing ...