Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Target CEO departure watershed for IT, business alignment

Summary: The exit of Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel can largely be attributed to a massive IT failure. The lesson: IT is your business now and the two functions are intertwined and aligned.

Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel's departure from the retailer following a massive data breach that damaged the company's reputation could be a watershed moment for information technology and business alignment.

Simply put, IT is your business and massive failures even cost the big dogs their jobs. Technology execs have worried about business alignment forever. Stop worrying because business and IT are aligned. If IT blows up---or 110 million customer accounts are breached---so does the business.

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