Wanted: Tech-Savvy Directors

Corporate boards of directors should devote as much attention to IT matters as they do to accounting rules, but they rarely do, according to a report released earlier this month by the Deloitte Center for Corporate Governance.

Today’s companies need “tech-savvy directors” who can make sure the IT strategy is aligned with the overall strategic plan, as well as monitor the various risks associated with IT, the report said.

“The growing complexity and pervasiveness of IT is increasingly making IT literacy an essential competency for directors,” the Deloitte Center report said. Boards should give as much scrutiny to a major IT project as they would to any other major capital expenditure, it noted.

But most directors acknowledge that they don’t spend enough time on IT oversight, perhaps because they aren’t comfortable with technology, according to the report. (via Wanted: Tech-Savvy Board of Directors – Computerworld)

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