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business technology (BT)

Contributor(s): Linda Tucci

Business technology (BT) is the ever-increasing reliance on information technology by businesses of all types to handle and optimize their business processes.

If any one person can be credited with coining business technology, it would be George Colony, CEO at Cambridge, Mass.-based consultancy Forrester Research Inc., who has advocated since 2007 that the enterprise department known as IT ought to be changed to BT.  Colony has argued that the term change not only acknowledges IT’s pervasiveness in the enterprise but would also help redefine the relationship between IT and the business. 

Business technology (BT) is closely aligned with two other terms commonly associated with the  fluctuating, uneasy relationship between IT and the business: IT and business alignment and the consumerization of IT.

This was last updated in April 2012

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