Gone are the days that the IT Director was the simple bridge between the back-room techies and the board, only venturing out of the IT realm to secure the IT budget. The IT Director role is now multi-functional and high profile and key to the board, and the overall business success.
Technology is now all pervasive to virtually every business. Technology is no longer a standalone part of an organisation but integral to every element and every system and process undertaken by the business. This means that IT Directors must take a more all-encompassing view to their role, and to the business.
Strategy and Integration
IT Directors must lead from the top and be closely involved and instrumental in the strategy and operational direction and control of the business. Their role going forward will be less technical (that can still be left for the back-office hideaways), but instead must look at the bigger picture of how every IT system integrates with the business as a whole. The Director of Information Systems at Comet, Kevin O’Brien has stated: “The IT director of today must ensure he and his team can speak in business terms, understand the key priorities, challenge the business and deliver far more with far less than ever before.”
Cyber Security Must be Key to the Role
Cyber Security should ideally have its own high profile presence on the board of directors. In larger organisations this will be through a defined role, but in some organisations this will be a hefty part of the IT Directors role. Cyber Security must be given due credence in the board room.
It is also not enough to simply have and maintain a position on the board within cyber security. IT Directors with a responsibility for Cyber Security must be visionary leaders who can perform their role to mitigate risk both by keeping ahead of cyber security news, but also by leading a culture focused on cyber security.
IT Directors increasingly do not operate in a vacuum. Instead they must be excellent communicators who are adept at business understanding and able to integrate and engage IT and cyber security with the long-term business objectives. Whereas once the IT Director played a bridging role with the back office Information Technology staff, they are now playing a bridging role between the scope, potential and risk of IT systems and the overall business aims.
Contemporary IT Directors must be capable and comfortable with change management as they are frequently going to be relied upon to lead the way. They need to ensure adaptability within the organisation - to keep abreast of the continually changing information, systems, technology and landscape to ensure their business continually has the competitive edge.
IT Directors in 2017
IT Directors in 2017 will have to wear many hats to successfully fill their role and ensure their company’s security and success moving forward. To recruit the IT Directors with the skills for the future Via Resource are ready to help.