Is technology a dirty word in the enterprise?


Is technology a dirty word in the enterprise?

By John Dodge for Enterprise CIO Forum

Whenever IT technology enters the discussion, it must now be framed in the context of driving the business strategy.

We rarely talk about IT technologies as cool anymore. It suggests that we are making the age-old mistake of embracing technology for technology’s sake. CIO Martin Davis’ post “Implementing technologies for the right reasons” of July, 2011 drove home the point:

“It often seems that we decide on a technology solution then start looking for an opportunity to use it, or we implement technology projects because they seem like a good idea…..The trouble is this often leads to what I call the “tail wagging the dog”,” Davis wrote.

Technology for technology’s sake is a tabu discussion in the enterprise unless it’s in context of the business strategy. Strategy is the first priority with technologies as just one of several elements that support it.

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Excerpt appears with permission from John Dodge.

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