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How to run your IS department

Over the course of being a software developer for the past 10 years, at 5 different employers, I've noticed a reoccurring problem at these organizations. The business leaders simply don't understand what IS does and the value that they can bring to the company. (The one exception being a software consulting company, where IS was their business.) Most organizations tend to see IS in a similar light as brick layers or plumbers. They are simply there to keep things working. Additionally they are there to build what other business leaders have envision. In this analogy the business leaders are the architects, coming up with the grand designs, while the software people are the construction workers, putting the pieces together. What the business often fails to realize is that role of IS is to help the business run more efficiently, increases company wide productivity, and most importantly be a strategic asset to the company. In all of my working experience, the software