The technology business management (TBM) framework helps companies integrate IT into the organization, with the goal of running the IT department like a business. The idea of running IT like a business unit is a recent shift in the corporate world. In the past, IT typically functioned as a stand-alone business unit and was separate from main business goals. Today, technology is the foundation of many companies and nearly every business unit and employee needs access to applications, hardware and internal systems. This has shifted IT to the center of the business, forcing executives to account for IT and technology in decision-making processes.