Oxford Economics Report: Leadership in a New Era—IT Steps Up


As businesses continue to grapple with radical changes to their operations and strategies, the IT function has never been more important. IT decision-makers have an opportunity to help move business forward from the disruptions of the past two years by shaping organizations that are more agile, resilient, and future-proofed for new challenges ahead. But many face obstacles in realizing this potential.  

IT leaders must be empowered to take a guiding role on strategy, and they must be equipped with the necessary tools and data to make key decisions. How can IT decision-makers lead in this new era? What challenges must be addressed to meet their goals?   

Recent research from Oxford Economics and the SAP Concur business unit of SAP sheds light on these important questions. In early 2021, we surveyed 500 IT and finance decision-makers across seven countries at organizations with fewer than 1,000 employees, including 200 decision-makers in the IT function. The survey covered the changing nature of IT and finance roles, as well as expectations for the coming years.  

Download the report today to read the full findings and key takeaways including:  

  • IT leaders have their eyes on innovation, but most are spending even more time today on existing manual processes.   
  • The need for IT to take its seat at the table and play a larger role setting overall company strategy.  
  • The importance of IT continuing to future-proof your business as well as others it supports.   

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