SAS 70

Jun 16 2008   4:46AM GMT

CIO, CEO, CFO’s role in future Information Technology(IT) – SAS70

Keith Harrell Profile: SAS70ExPERT

Order Management

When I was with the big four, we couldn’t just be auditors, we were risk management consultants. Today, it seems that IT job titles and roles are in a similar transition.As a consultant/auditor, I am always discussing with the client the value that I bring to their organization as an experienced SAS70 auditor. Because of my expertise my audit will be much more in-depth, more efficient and effective with their time, resources, and revenue.

According to Computerworld, the below job titles are examples of the kinds you’ll see cropping up in IT in the not-too-distant future. IT job titles with any hint of computers, databases, software development languages or data network will disappear.

· Product Architect

· Chief Delivery Officer

· Chief Process Officer

Why? It’s a direct result of IT becoming integrated into the business strategy and being considered a partner in the business instead of a service provider who has no effect on revenue.

Xcel Energy, a $10 billion electric power and natural gas utility in Minneapolis, is changing the way it looks at IT. The company expects its data managers to be able to look at data and figure out answers to questions, such as where money is being lost. In other words, the company wants someone to put data in a business context.

The outsourcing of ping, power, and pipe is common to third party vendors. Even management of the application is increasing outsourced; however, companies still need IT to manage the flow of data in/out of the application, the relationship with the outsourced vendor, and assist in performing data analysis.

The focus more on life-cycle management, vendor management and data analysis has raised the expertise requirements of IT functions and is requiring more business management decisions to be made by IT. Moving IT management away from technology management doesn’t take them out of the picture, it will make them more critical to the survival of the business and elevate their ability to make a difference within their companies strategic direction.

How do you think your role is changing? Are you being elevated? Or just asked to do more with less?

SAS70ExPERT@gmail. com

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