Aligning IT with business is a fundamentally flawed and limiting concept, says Faisal Hoque, chairman of the Business Technology Management Institute. Instead, companies should achieve a true melding of IT and business minds-what he calls convergence.
Hoque's research on alignment has taken a surprising turn: alignment, which is usually defined as bringing IT into accord with a company's strategy, is insufficient. Rather than a goal, alignment is a stage on a journey to a more complete merging of IT and business that he calls convergence. Companies which achieve convergence, according to a recent study from the BTM Institute, achieve superior growth and earnings compared to other companies.
Source: CIO Insight, http://www.cioinsight.com
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