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Improve Business Satisfaction by 10 Percent Through BRM

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Your Challenge

The business does not view IT as a strategic partner. Many CIOs are not invited to participate in organization-wide strategic planning and decision making.
The organization turns to shadow IT because they do not communicate with IT.
Organizations can’t get the budget for a Business Relationship Manager (BRM).
Our Advice

Critical Insight
Successful relationships drive successful IT organizations. For every 10% increase in relationship satisfaction, your business satisfaction with IT increases by 10%.
64% of CEOs believe that IT’s understanding of business goals needs improvement.
How you structure business relationship management will dictate how it functions. Build detailed job descriptions and process activities for your BRM to drive value.
Impact and Result
Create a custom organizational structure with a BRM organizational design, job description and competencies, task descriptions, and job evaluation criteria.
Use our customizable presentation guide and talk track to build understanding and validate business partner feedback from the CIO Business Vision survey. Align and prioritize your efforts based on the results.
Implement a job shadowing program easily with our step-by-step deliverables and templates, including emails, checklists, goals, and results update templates.

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Improve Business Satisfaction by 10 Percent Through BRM

  1. 1. Info-Tech Research Group 1Info-Tech Research Group 1 Info-Tech Research Group, Inc. is a global leader in providing IT research and advice. Info-Tech’s products and services combine actionable insight and relevant advice with ready-to-use tools and templates that cover the full spectrum of IT concerns. © 1997-2015 Info-Tech Research Group Inc. Improve Business Satisfaction by 10% Through Business Relationship Management Relationship management is the #1 driver of business satisfaction with IT. Info-Tech's products and services combine actionable insight and relevant advice with ready-to-use tools and templates that cover the full spectrum of IT concerns.© 1997 - 2015 Info-Tech Research Group
  2. 2. Info-Tech Research Group 2Info-Tech Research Group 2 This Research is Designed For: This Research Will Help You: This Research Will Assist: This Research Will Help You: This Research Is Designed For: This Research Will Help You: This Research Will Also Assist: This Research Will Help Them: Our understanding of the problem CIOs Identify the need for implementing a business relationship management function within your organization. Define the responsibilities and competencies required for your business relationship managers. Create clear expectations for your business partners for the BRM program. Business Relationship Managers Identify engagement strategies for a variety of stakeholders at different levels of satisfaction. Create an action plan to address stakeholder needs by leveraging your CIO Business Vision results. Drive measurable improvement in relationship satisfaction through targeted planning and communication.
  3. 3. Info-Tech Research Group 3Info-Tech Research Group 3 Resolution Situation Complication Info-Tech Insight Executive summary • IT doesn’t have a view of business needs, strategy, and expectations, which is forcing IT into a reactive position. • Relationship satisfaction is the #1 predictor of overall business satisfaction with IT, yet many CIOs do not treat relationship management as a priority. • Competing priorities and high demand on IT often mean that relationship management is done in an ad hoc manner. This puts IT in a highly reactive position rather than a proactive one. • When a Business Relationship Management (BRM) function is in place, organizations struggle to structure it in a way that will drive measurable results. Leverage Info-Tech’s diagnostics and deliverables to see dramatic improvements in your overall business satisfaction through effective relationship management. This blueprint will provide three core customizable deliverables that you can use to launch or optimize your BRM program. These include: 1. Organizational Structure: Customizable BRM organizational design guide, job description & competencies, task descriptions, and job evaluation criteria. 2. CIO Business Vision Communication and Discussion Guide: Use our customizable presentation guide and talk track to build understanding and validate business partner feedback from the CIO Business Vision survey. Align and prioritize your efforts based on the results. 3. Job Shadowing Handbook: Implement a job shadowing program easily with our step-by-step deliverables and templates, including emails, checklists, goals, and results update templates. 1. Successful relationships drive successful IT organizations. For every 10% increase in relationship satisfaction, your business satisfaction with IT increases by 10%. 2. 64% of CEOs believe that improvement is required around IT’s understanding of business goals. Adding a strategic business relationship manager when you are in firefighting mode is not going to work. Focus first on improving communication and service to set BRM up for success.
  4. 4. Info-Tech Research Group 4Info-Tech Research Group 4 Business Relationship Management (BRM) Effectively managing relationships that are critical to business satisfaction with IT and perception of the value that IT provides. Taking an ad hoc approach does not work for 95% of organizations. You need a formal BRM strategy to get ahead. Many CIOs are not invited to participate in organization-wide strategic planning and decision making. The business isn’t interested in strategic IT planning. The business does not view IT as a strategic partner Relationship management has significantly more impact on satisfaction than improvements to core services. This is an opportunity ensure that IT is focusing efforts on high value solutions and that business partners understand the full spectrum of what IT is responsible for. We don’t have capacity to focus on relationship management BRM can be a full-time job or a role that an existing staff member fulfils. When selling the idea, it’s essential that you use data both to drive the discussions and post-implementation to demonstrate the full value of BRM. I can’t get the budget for a Business Relationship Manager 1 2 3 Many of the people we’ve worked with have faced these BRM issues. Have you?
  5. 5. Info-Tech Research Group 5Info-Tech Research Group 5 Relationship management is the #1 driver of business satisfaction with IT 30% 50% 70% 90% 30% 50% 70% 90% ITSatisfactionScore IT Relationship Satisfaction Score Info-Tech Diagnostic Programs n = 308 organization IMPACT OF RELATIONSHIP SATISFACTION ON BUSINESS SATISFACTION WITH IT Relationships can make or break an IT department’s success. In a study of 308 organizations, Info- Tech found that for every 10% increase in relationship satisfaction, business satisfaction with IT increased by 9.99%. Can you afford to have 10% lower satisfaction?
  6. 6. Info-Tech Research Group 6Info-Tech Research Group 6 The majority of business partners believe relationships with IT need to improve of CIOs/CEOs are misaligned on the target role for IT. of CEOs believe that business goals are going unsupported by IT. 47% A successful business relationship manager will create business and IT alignment by understanding business needs and driving solutions and services that provide real value to their partners and to the end customer. of CEOs believe that improvement is required around IT’s understanding of business goals. 64%
  7. 7. Info-Tech Research Group 7Info-Tech Research Group 7 What is Business Relationship Management? • Business relationship management is an organizational capability essential for increasing business satisfaction with IT, aligning business and IT strategy, and improving the quality of services provided by IT. • At its most basic level, business relationship management is about improving service delivery and communication. As the BRM capability advances, the roles becomes increasingly strategic. • Whether you have a position in your organization called business relationship manager or if it is a role that individuals play, it’s essential that you have a purposeful strategy for how you will approach and build relationships with your business partners. 1 2 3 4 5 CORE BENEFITS OF BRM Significantly improved business satisfaction with IT Increased alignment between IT and business partners Service delivery is in line with business requirements and expectations Drive innovation through in-depth knowledge of business needs and processes Successful project delivery on time, on budget, and delivering expected value
  8. 8. Info-Tech Research Group 8Info-Tech Research Group 8 Info-Tech leveraged COBIT and ITIL best practices to define four categories of BRM responsibilities that drive results SERVICE MANAGEMENT: Involved in defining new or changed services, in defining SLAs, and ensuring business partners are getting value from services. STRATEGY & GOVERNANCE: Work collaboratively to understand current and future business needs. Participate in business and IT strategic planning to ensure alignment and that IT is focusing on the highest value initiatives. COMMUNICATION: Responsible for identifying and evaluating effectiveness of stakeholder communication, reporting, and acting as a facilitator and translator for IT and business partners. INNOVATION: Leverage business knowledge to identify opportunities to optimize business processes or services to improve efficiency and drive ROI. BRM FOCUS AREAS
  9. 9. Info-Tech Research Group 9Info-Tech Research Group 9 For the best results, align your BRM efforts with your department’s maturity level. If you are currently in a highly reactive position, you need to focus on stabilizing your relationships, improving communication, and delivering services. Once stabilized, you should expand the responsibilities to be more strategic. To successfully move up the ladder, Info-Tech has identified three distinct levels of BRM. Innovator Transforms the Business Business Partner Expands the Business Trusted Operator Optimizes the Business Firefighter Supports the Business Unstable Struggles to Support BUSINESSSATISFACTION LEVEL 1: BRMs should focus on stabilizing the relationship between business and IT. They should spend 80- 90% of their time on Communication and Service Management. LEVEL 2: Focus on working collaboratively with business partners to align strategy and improve project success. LEVEL 3: Leverages positive relationships to seek out opportunities to drive business value through innovation. Level 3 BRMs should spend 70-80% of their time on Strategy & Governance and Innovation. BRM LEVELS 1, 2, 3 Leverage relationship management as a tool to increase overall satisfaction with IT and go from firefighter to innovator
  10. 10. Info-Tech Research Group 10Info-Tech Research Group 10 Invest in building relationships with your stakeholders and drive improved satisfaction across all IT services OverallITSatisfaction Perceived Value of IT Firefighters Operators Innovators Relationships are 24% stronger among Innovators than Operators. Operators score a 71% average in relationship satisfaction. Relationships are 22% weaker among Firefighters than Operators. Info-Tech Business Vision Survey N = 21,367
  11. 11. Info-Tech Research Group 11Info-Tech Research Group 11 Launch a BRM program in three steps MEASURE BUSINESS SATISFACTION LAUNCH BRM PROGRAM DESIGN YOUR BRM ORGANIZATION LaunchCIO BusinessVision survey Reviewresults andidentifyBRM opportunities CustomizeBRMjob descriptionand activities Go or No-Go Decision DefineBRM levelrequired Identifyrequired competenciesand selectBRMcandidates DefineBRM organizationalsketch Launch BRM Program IdentifyBRM’sroles incriticalprocesses Initiateandrunajob shadowingprogram forBRMs Prioritizeinitiatives Monitorandreport onoutcomes Facilitateadiscussion fordepartmentalBV results
  12. 12. Info-Tech Research Group 12Info-Tech Research Group 12 Info-Tech Research Group Helps IT Professionals To: www.infotech.com  Quickly get up to speed with new technologies  Make the right technology purchasing decisions – fast  Deliver critical IT projects, on time and within budget  Manage business expectations  Justify IT spending and prove the value of IT  Train IT staff and effectively manage an IT department Toll Free: 1-888-670-8889

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