Strategic Systems – Beneath the Buzz – Leadership RC – CIO

Strategic Systems – Beneath the Buzz – Leadership RC – CIO

The word strategic is used so freely these days that it’s at risk of losing all meaning. People attach the S-word to their pet project hoping it will help gain others’ approval. “Ooh … ahh … wow … it’s strategic!” people are supposed to say. “Yes, let’s do it without any further justification!”

With such overuse, the word has come to mean little more than “nice”—a bland superlative. He’s a nice guy. This project is strategic. Yawn. This is a serious problem, because it’s imperative that IT and business leaders know what truly is strategic in order to focus scarce resources on really important, high-payoff initiatives