Enterprise Architecture

Information Technology: Liability, Plumbing, or Force Multiplier?

I've been saying for years that you can generate a fairly accurate hypothesis about the organizational attitude toward IT by looking at the responsibility for IT within an organization.

If responsibility for IT is scattered hither and thither then IT is likely an uncoordinated aid to other things, probably very inefficient, providing patchy uptimes, and non-scalable systems.

If IT is coordinated then the reporting line from the highest ranking IT person to the Executive Board Room can be very telling.