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The More Technology Forward an Organization Is, The More the CIO must Step-Up During the Site Selection Process
Should CIOs be as critically involved in the location decision for a new manufacturing plant or industrial facility as they are in the location decision for a data center? Please provide an example of an industrial location decision that was focused specifically on a company's IT needs.
Bill Knotts, Senior Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
It depends on the industry sector the client is in. The more networked technologically the organization is relative to logistics, enterprise financial, POS systems and inventory tracking, the more often the CIO is involved in all core real estate decisions. I do not see the CIO involved in manufacturing and warehousing location decisions for the most part otherwise.

Industrial location decisions are not focused specifically on IT needs, but IT’s part in the decision is often relative to the business unit's objectives of the site to the overall enterprise objectives, and the part of the world in which the location exists makes a difference.
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