IT has become too big and too important to fall under the responsibility of CFOs, who have big and important responsibilities all their own. But more than that, itís a conflict of interest for CFOs to manage IT. The CFO has the goal to hit numbers and control spending, while ITís goal is to act as a change agent supporting the defined business goals through smart application of technology (which, when you get down to it, means spending money).
A sophisticated, strategically oriented IT function is a desirable goal for any company. Itís especially desirable when the businessís distinctive capabilities rely heavily on information technology. If you are a chief information officer (CIO), a chief technology officer (CTO), or any other senior IT leader, you need to make the same kinds of disciplined choices for your department that the CEO and top leadership team are making about the strategic direction of the enterprise.
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More and more companies are implementing wellness programs to foster healthier workforces, from smoking-cessation coaching to weight-loss plans. But to design such programs effectively, employers need to know a lot about the health of each of their workers, so they can figure out where the greatest needs for improvement exist.