IT Alignment Is Passé? Marilyn explains why in her E-Commerce News Expert Advice column

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IT Alignment Is Passé? Marilyn explains why in her E-Commerce News Expert Advice column

Several years ago, I was spending time with one of my clients — the
CIO of a wholesale clothing distributor in San Francisco — when I asked
him why his employees like it there, what they liked about it, how he
engages them, etc. When we started discussing how important it was that
employees felt that they were being valued, as if they were “part of
something”, I asked how he worked to align with the business. I’ll never
forget his look of incredulity, as he quickly put me in my place. “Align
with the Business?” he asked. “IT IS the business”, he laughed. He
continued on, “look around here”, as he started referencing system and
process by system and process with me, “what would any of this be
without IT? We drive the business.”

I never forgot that, and I suppose I’ve been working on my own thoughts
on “aligning with the business” ever since. Take a look at my recent
E-Commerce News article. I would love to hear what you think.

Marilyn
Marilyn

Marilyn Weinstein is Vivo’s founder and Chief Executive Officer, responsible for overall strategy and business growth and development. Prior to starting iTalent Solutions in 2006—the successful effort which paved the way for Vivo’s launch in 2009—Marilyn was Vice President and General Counsel for AlphaSoft Services Corp., where she served on the company’s Executive Team for over seven years. She helped AlphaSoft grow from a start up to a $50 million per year, multi-office success story.