10 business skills every IT pro must master

Here are the 10 business skills that truly matter to your career in IT. A lot

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IT business skill No. 4: Basic business finance

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IT pros don't have to understand balance sheets, cash flow statements, or most financial ratios. But they need to know how to interpret profit-and-loss statements. These tell you how the business is doing and how your department is faring compared to its budget.

IT pros should also be versed in ROI (return on investment) -- understanding why a dollar next year is worth less than a dollar today, how depreciation works, and the difference between capital and operating expense. ROI tells you whether you're working on something worth working on.

See also:
12 effective habits of indispensible IT pros
10 hard truths IT must learn to accept
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