• Subject: Re: Programmers VS Consultants
  • From: Rob Berendt <rob@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 10:03:23 -0500

Here the Vice President of Information Systems attends all the divisions 
strategic 
planning sessions.  The company has a diagram of the four pillars of it.  One 
of 
the pillars is Information Systems.

On the other hand, I've worked for a IS consulting firm where one of the VP's 
viewed 
programmers as an unnecessary expense.  But, heck, with a 15 person company 
complete 
with a president, three vice presidents, marketing guy, receptionist and the 
rest 
being 'unnccessary expense' any guess why they went under?





jteff19@idt.net on 11/23/99 09:23:37 PM
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> Well, if that were true, it would all come back to the point I wanted to
> make in the first place... MIS should be viewed as an integral part
> of your corporate strategy, NOT as overhead to be minimized as
> much as possible.  Maybe I'll just go back to sleep... if someone
> will wake me up the day that comes!!

This I can agree with, both from the view of an employee and as a
consultant, as I have been both. I quite often see that the head of IS
is not a corporate officer and doesn't even attend the high level staff
meetings. Rather they get the corporate strategy secondhand through
the CFO, controller or head the head of HR.

Joe Teff


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