"In today’s global economy, a company’s success or failure may hinge on the ability to implement technology to remain competitive. The business managers of tomorrow must be able to see the big picture while also understanding the nuts and bolts that keep everything running. The type of thinking that was once left to technologists is now essential for business managers."
C.J. Kelly, "Can a Manager Be a Techie and Survive?", Computerworld, November 20, 2006
C.J. Kelly is the alias for a security manager that wishes to hide her real name and employer in her articles for Computerworld.
Those in IT with any ambition to move up the ranks need to understand their organization's business better, obviously. What isn't acknowledged so readily by management is the need for managers to know IT better.
"There is no such thing as an ‘IT project.’ There are only business projects with an IT component."
- June Drewry, CIO of Chubb Corp as quoted in "20 Tips to Get Promoted in the Tech Industry", InfoWorld, October 16, 2006