Jun 24, 2015, 11:30 ET
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., June 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The practice of "rogue IT" may not be as rampant as some sources have claimed and in fact may be sparking closer collaboration among business and IT teams, new research released today by CompTIA, the IT industry trade association, reveals.
While business units and departments have greater access to technology solutions – and the budget to purchase them, the CompTIA study Building Digital Organizations finds that in most organizations, IT teams are still deeply engaged.
"The complete side-stepping of IT has gone down," said Seth Robinson, senior director, technology analysis, CompTIA. "It certainly appears that businesses have learned their lessons, based either on missteps that have made themselves or on information gathered from others."
Keeping IT involved or working with them directly on technology projects are both ways to avoid the major threats associated with rogue IT: integration and security, Robinson said.
"For as much technical savvy as business units may have, they are still not as well versed in these two areas as the IT department," he added.
There is recognition that security is vital to an organization's success and that it must be managed from a center of expertise. Business units show a clear preference for IT taking the lead on security issues.
As much as business units would like to bring their own ideas about technology to the IT team, they would like the IT team to drive the overall technology vision.
"The clear sentiment is that IT is in the best position to explore potential solutions and bring them to the table," said Robinson. "This is the type of forward-looking activity that businesses are demanding from their technical team."
The good news is that IT believes it is up for the challenge. Four in five IT pros surveyed are extremely or highly confident in their ability to apply technology to their employer's business goals.
The CompTIA study Building Digital Organizations is based on online surveys of 650 business and technology professionals at companies based in the United States. Surveys were conducted in April and May 2015. Survey results were augmented by in-depth interviews with 14 technology and business professionals. The complete report is available for free with a simple registration. Visit http://www.comptia.org/insight-tools to learn more.
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a non-profit trade association serving as the voice of the information technology industry. With approximately 2,000 member companies, 3,000 academic and training partners and more than two million IT certifications issued, CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. To learn more, visit CompTIA online, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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