Last week, we looked at IT outsourcing and how a company like Massage Envy Spa needed to change how its technology department operated to be successful. This meant leaning on a managed IT support service to handle daily operations and allowing technology professionals to focus on innovation.
However, this is raising an interesting question. With more organizations relying on VARs and MSPs to handle operations, are CIOs losing power?
According to a recent study by Forrester, the number of technology projects that are run primarily or exclusively through the IT department are going to drop 8 percent from 55 percent in 2009 to 47 percent in 2015.
This doesn't mean the remainder of these projects are handled by service providers, but rather through other departments within a company. The report found that more than a third of IT projects are collaborative sessions that can be spearheaded at any stage by multiple parties in an organization.
While there are many cooks in the kitchen, when it comes to purchasing, only a handful of decisions are made without the knowledge of the CIO. The study found that 7 percent of all It purchases are made without the involvement of an IT executive.
The role of the CIO and other IT executives is changing. Other departments within a company are starting to have a say on tech solutions. VARs and MSPs are helping companies deliver solutions for these non-IT focused departments. VAR Staffing helps solution providers recruit the impactful talent needed to be the "go-to" partner.