This IDC study provides CIOs and IT leaders with an overview and evaluation of one approach to improving the relationship and responsiveness of IT to the needs of business units — embedded IT. In its most literal form, this approach to organizational structure decentralizes IT so that it is embedded within business units. As IT-enabled business innovations become increasingly important for corporations to remain competitive, operating with a seamless coordination between the IT department and business units is paramount. This study answers three questions about an embedded IT approach:
- What are the benefits and drawbacks of the embedded IT approach?
- Are there alternative approaches that should also be considered?
- What are the key factors that need to be taken into account when deciding which approach is best for a specific organization?
This IDC study is concerned with IT organizational development, WorkSource transformation, and Leading in 3D.