Companies with a strong and open IT climate are 3.3 times more likely to deliver business value than their competitors.

Writing for, business analyst Andrew Horne explained that a ‘different climate in IT’ can be created by executives who embrace openness and flexibility. This different climate isn’t the only benefit on offer, though, as companies could also be more than three times as likely to deliver positive business value as a direct result.

Despite this, Horne noted that many firms are still overly risk-averse when it comes to implementing new technology. This, he said, only creates an ‘unhealthy climate in IT’ that propagates further risk aversion. Moreover, processes end up slowed greatl y as a result, whilst some potentially revolutionary measures may be ignored altogether.

For CIOs wanting to change the culture in their business, Horne had this advice: “Climate change must be led from the top, so CIOs and their leadership teams should personally take action.”

One specific area in which Horne advocated action was that of communicating success, notes. He argued that CIOs should think carefully about which metrics or objectives they would choose to highlight. Choosing unwisely could end up d amaging the IT climate because employees think the highlighted metrics matter above all others – even if this isn’t the case. When it comes to reporting metrics to the IT team, speed to market, business impact and talent development were given as some of the best.

Author: David Howells