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IT MANAGERS MUST GET SKILLED AT DEALING WITH OFFICE POLITICS

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IT managers in local government are not effective at getting their message across according to SOCITM, and as a res...
IT managers in local government are not effective at getting their message across according to SOCITM, and as a result IT is not getting a fair share of resources. Even though it is accepted that most IT staff are employed for their 'technical know-how' they also need to be political wheeler dealers to win support for more IT investment. Almost all sectors are reporting growth in IT spending but SOCITM's own trends survey shows that spending in real terms in local government is on the decline.

Too many IT managers try to put the blame for under investment at the door of elected members, but the truth is that IT managers do not put forward a strong enough business case to win support from other colleagues to get more money spent on IT. This was the conclusion of a lively debate at this year's SOCITM conference. The IT manager of the future must be a politician first and a technician second.
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