Tag Archives: IT Leaders

How to make IT governance work – Our Article on ComputerWeekly

How to make IT governance work - by Axel Rittershaus for ComputerWeeklyGovernance is undoubtedly an important subject for any organisation, but what does it really involve? If you were to ask 10 experts you would end up with 11 explanations. It is therefore important to distil the topic down to its key elements.

Read more about IT governance and why a set of rules & systems are not sufficient to make it work.

http://www.computerweekly.com/opinion/How-to-make-IT-governance-work

 

 

Leadership Development Program for IT Executives of large corporations and their IT departments

“Learning by doing” can be a very powerful way of learning.

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Warning for CIOs in India – and around the globe…

The gap between IT and business functions is a real threat for IT departments and their businesses.

And due to the massive demand of mobile and customer oriented services IT departments either find a way to improve their collaboration – or they will foster the growth of more and more shadow IT systems.

Forrester analyst Manish Bahl published an alarming report.

He says 62% of Indian CMOs are going to increase their tech budget in 2014.

Their priorities are

1) addressing the rising expectations of customers

2) acquiring and retaining customers

This is nothing new – but the pace of rising customer expectations is on a new level.

To tackle this, CMOs rely on technology. And they either get it from their IT department, or they go and buy it on their own. Since they have to keep and acquire customers NOW! They can’t wait.

This puts emphasis on the need of IT departments (and IT leaders in particular) to focus on taking all necessary steps to improve the collaboration of IT and business. Otherwise they will be facing an avalanche of shadow IT systems in 1-2 years.

Yes, the CMOs might still need to buy solutions in the cloud, which IT would rather source differently but doesn’t have the capacity to do so. If IT is the partner for the CMO to choose at least the best possible solution and IT is aware of this new system, they are much better off than if they are not involved at all.

Read more in Manish’s blogpost…

Is this true? “IT Departments Are a Dying Breed” on csoonline.com

I came across this article on www.csoonline.com titled “IT Departments Are a Dying Breed”. (http://www.csoonline.com/article/2142067/it-audit/it-departments-are-a-dying-breed.html)

Author Steve Ragan writes about the comments from one of his readers regarding the future of IT departments.

His reader’s rant is quite offensive. For me it shows, that IT has a long way to go in terms of how they position themselves. And the value they generate.

I believe, that the future of any company is directly related to the strength of its IT department.

But the IT department of the future will and has to be completely different to today’s IT departments.

IT has to become the technological enabler of business initiatives and at the same time  take care that all systems are available and as safe as needed.

Therefore IT needs to reinvent themselves from “we build, run and maintain” everything – which is currently the main purpose and will be their grave if they don’t change – to “we are THE partner of the business when it comes to the use of technology”.

No matter if IT is developing and hosting themselves or if they are managing suppliers.

Vendors tell business functions whatever they want to hear to sell their solutions. It requires a lot of technological expertise to separate the good from the bad ones. Being the advisor for the business, that’s what IT needs to position themselves in.

Business and IT have to stand on the same side – and not be fighting against each other.

Because those fights make it very easy for vendors to get in! The vendor will be on the side of the business and help them. Help them to buy their solution against the advise of IT.

Few CIOs and their teams are already moving into the right direction – and they become a strong partner of the business.

Those CIOs and IT leaders who blame the business functions that these don’t understand IT and need to adjust to the IT rules, those will be the ones which will be outsourced sooner or later.

Therefore my resume would be “The Current Breed of IT Departments Are a Dying Breed and The Time of the NEW IT acting as a Business Partner is about to start”.

Strong IT departments are the competitive advantage of a company.

The Agenda for Retail CIOs

According to a global Forrester survey of 192 CIOs and IT leaders in December 2013, all of them are facing very similar challenges. The key aspects vary depending on the economy, but they have several major topics in common:

  • First and foremost, the CIO/IT leaders have to become valued and respected partners for the business (= the other board members) and get out of the “IT is a cost center” stigma
  • Many retail organizations are sitting on a gold mine: Their data.
    But they struggle using “big data” to gain insights for sales, product development, customer engagement, etc.
  • The bigger the retail organization and its IT, the larger the budget used for maintenance and “keeping the lights on”. At the same time, those large businesses need even more innovation and speed delivered by IT. A catch 22 situation.

What is the solution?

When we are working with CIOs and their teams we assist in both positioning the IT as THE innovation partner for the business and aligning all IT people into the right direction.

You can find the complete study here: http://www.tcs.com/SiteCollectionDocuments/White-Papers/2014-Global-Agenda-Retail-CIO-Study-1213-1.pdf

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