Businesses Lack Strategic IT Leadership
According to the survey, 75 percent of senior executives feel IT leaders should be more involved in the organization’s strategic business discussions.Despite the fact that 97 percent of middle market executives depend on technology for organizational success, 83 percent admit to either not having an IT leader in place or not having an IT leader who is focused on strategy, according to a survey of 52 senior management executives conducted by Hartman Executive Advisors. Only 8 percent cited technology strategy as an area of expert knowledge, with a full 29 percent admitting to requiring assistance or identifying that they are not at all comfortable with technology strategy. "While we weren’t surprised by some of the data, we were overwhelmed by the extreme nature of the findings," Dave Hartman, president and co-founder of Hartman Executive Advisors, told eWEEK. "While nearly all surveyed executives--97 percent--reported a reliance on technology for organizational success, 8 out of 10 of them lacked strategic IT leadership within their organizations. That’s a huge disparity--and one that leads to missed opportunity as well as risk for mid-market organizations." Hartman explained the lack of business-focused IT leadership often means that IT is reactionary and tactical, noting 94 percent of executives surveyed recognize that technology plays a role in addressing their top business challenges.
"However, without strategic IT leadership, these opportunities are often missed or underutilized," Hartman said. "Executives’ message was loud and clear--financial issues are the most top-of-mind challenges they face."