IT Organizational Development: Is Embedded IT Right for Your Organization?
This IDC study provides CIOs and IT leaders with an overview and evaluation of one approach to improving the relationship and responsiveness of IT to the needs of business units — embedded IT. In its most literal form, this approach to organizational structure decentralizes IT so that it is embedded within business units. As IT-enabled business innovations become increasingly important for corporations to remain competitive, operating with a seamless coordination between the IT department and business units is paramount. This study answers three questions about an embedded IT approach:What are the benefits and drawbacks of the embedded IT approach?Are there alternative approaches that should also be considered?What are the key factors that need to be taken into account when deciding which approach is best for a specific organization?This IDC study is concerned with IT organizational development, WorkSource transformation, and Leading in 3D."Embedded IT is one way to ensure that IT understands and is more responsive to the business needs of a company, but there are potential downfalls to this approach. Companies are advised first to seek alternative approaches to improving their relationship with business units by finding appropriate IT talent, redesigning IT positions, establishing service-oriented work norms, and rebranding IT," said Amy Young, adjunct advisor with IDC's IT Executive Program (IEP).