by Chris Potts

Who are the IT Department’s “competitors”?

Mar 20, 20081 min
IT Leadership

Two questions in one blog, triggered by the same report (and I think they may be related)….


I just read about a global survey being conducted which seeks to understand “what differentiates successful IT organisations [within companies] from their competitors”.

The report does not say who those competitors are – external suppliers, the IT departments in other companies, or someone else.

What do you think – who is a company’s IT department truly competing with?


The report also suggests that a CIO who is close to the CEO is more likely to have a ‘healthier’ department that’s not perceived as a ‘utility’. Thinking about causes-and-effects, I was just wondering whether it’s the other way around….?