The Rapidly Evolving Role of the Information Technology Director

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IS Professionals Research Paper: The Rapidly Evolving Role of the Information Technology Director Introduction Given the rapid pace of technological change brought on by the continued convergence of digital media, the Internet, cloud computing and the high priority placed on software usability, the role of the Information technology Director has rapidly evolved as well. From being the provider of information technologies (IT) including selection of enterprise systems often chosen for their cost reduction value, today the role of the Information Technology Director is increasingly requiring a strategic business focus over being purely a technologist (Peppard, 2010). The role of the Information Technology Director is addressed in this analysis as it relates to an enterprises' overall IS strategy, with the implications shown of how this role is changing rapidly in the digital age. The convergence of social media, the Internet and rapid pace in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application development are requiring Information Technology Directors to be digital strategists in addition to managing the core IT functions of a business (Laplante, Bain, 2005). In conjunction with these factors, the rapid pace of globalization is requiring Information Technology Directors to concentrate on how best to manage multinational system deployments, making them secure yet also aligned to the cultures of employees who will be using them (Gilbert, Pick, Ward, 1999). The combined effects of
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