The embedded IT worker: Would you fit in?

When IT workers can collaborate and share ideas with their business colleagues, good things happen for the bottom line. But it takes more than just sitting side by side — it's a culture shift.

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These days IT veteran Deborah H. DeCorrevont is just as likely to work in a hard hat and steel-toe shoes as she is in typical business attire.

DeCorrevont is a business relationship manager at an Arizona utility company. Her role has her working side by side with the operations, planning and engineering staff. She's in business meetings with directors and managers and out in the field so she can see firsthand what workers need from technology.

DeCorrevont, who's also the president of the board of the Arizona chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM), estimates that she spends only 20% of her time within IT, devising plans to fit the business needs into the overall IT strategy.

She says this about the way she approaches her job: "It's something I think more businesses should do because I think it improves the relationship between IT and the business."

DeCorrevont is part of a cadre of IT professionals who are not just aligned with their business but embedded in it.

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