IT has always had to support audits and certifications and navigate through what seems like constantly changing requirements. Compliance was visible to the board and IT had to answer to the board. That visibility, though, was rarely outside the building – and historically more top of mind for the CFO, the audit committee, internal audit and the CIO.
“Architecture is not about installing infrastructure, but designing ways that information is stored and moved,” says Joe Spagnoletti, CIO of US LBM, a $3 billion specialty distributor of lumber, roofing, siding, and other building materials across 30 states. “When it comes to technology, we want to stay ahead of our competition, but not our technology partners,” he says. To do this successfully requires “people who understand the business and what connects to what and where we can disintermediate competitors or change the way things work by connecting things together in ingenious ways,” Spagnoletti says. These people are the company’s architects.