Reimagine IT at YOUR company


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IT needs to change! We hear that everywhere. But IT has been changing since we were the wizards in the basement. So what is different this time? Technology changes are coming faster and faster. The majority of CIOs indicate in surveys that they are concerned about being able to keep up. These technology changes have affected societal behavior and given more power to the individual customer. In addition, changes are occurring in the business environment. For example, there is a push to rent (rather than own) any business element that does not directly contribute to value creation. (How do you think that fits with SaaS, PaaS, ITaaS, etc?)

IT is too often seen as slow, costly, reactive, controlling & even resistant. This will not work in a time where companies must be much faster and much more flexible in order to be successful. Corporate IT obviously has to transform. And a sense of urgency is required.... this cannot be simply a slow evolution.

But there are lots of roadblocks in the way - corporate politics, budget, culture...and this transformation needs to be done in addition to all the current work. How can the CIO get it all done?

There are a number of practical suggestions in this presentation to help get started.

This transformation effort is not for the faint-hearted. Show courage! Don't wait for someone to tell you what to do. That will likely be too late.

Don't go it alone. Find 2-3 other CIOs in your network with whom you can regularly share ideas & challenges. Consider engaging the services of an outside advisor. You need someone to regularly encourage you, keep you accountable, and push you when needed.

Maintaining status quo is not an option. Will your company thrive by successfully responding to these challenges, or will it wither? Will your IT department become the differentiator your business needs, or will it fade away? The answer may not be the same for each company, but right now, in many ways, the choice is up to you. You CAN make the difference.

For the sake of your company, you need to have a sense of urgency in moving this IT transformation forward. Go get 'em!

Contact Differentiators LLC today to schedule a complementary session to discuss IT transformation within your unique environment.

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Reimagine IT at YOUR company

  1. 1. Re Imagine IT At YOUR Company
  2. 2. EXTRA! EXTRA! Read All About It! IT needs to change! They’ve been saying this for years. What’s different now?
  3. 3. There are also trends affecting the fundamentals of business - & thus IT. “Many of these ideas shun ownership for rent on those elements of the enterprise not tied directly to value creation, suggesting a rethink in how IT is delivered.” – Jim Stikeleather, Executive Strategist, Innovation, Dell Services, Harvard Business Review blog
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  5. 5. • Many CIOs are a C-level in title only • Only 17% of CIOs were on Executive Team • Other C-suite members see IT as back office function & cost center “The executive team often holds little expectation of the CIO. This is a risk, both for the CIO’s role and for the business.” – The DNA of the CIO – Ernst & Young What Happened to the New Star of the C-Suite?
  6. 6. What one word best describes your corporate IT department?
  7. 7. What one word do you wish described them?
  8. 8. • 50% of CEOs demand more of the IT function than what it is currently doing. In return, only 10% of CIOs believe they have an execution problem. - Peter Sondergaard, Gartner global head of research • Almost half of CEOs feel IT should be a commodity service purchased as needed . In addition, they do not feel that their CIO understands the business nor how to apply IT in new ways to the business. - Jim Stikeleather, Executive Strategist, Innovation, for Dell Services • 86% of CEOs believe that technology advances will transform their business by 2019. 67% say their IT department is ill-prepared for the change. – 2014 PWC CEO Study
  9. 9. Re Imagine IT
  10. 10. “IT as we know it is dead.” - Charles Araujo - The Quantum Age of IT – Why everything you know about IT is about to change GAME OVER
  11. 11. What would you do with a Fresh Start?
  12. 12. From this: • Controlling • Resistant • Roadblock • Tactical • Primarily Cost-Cutting • Technology-focused • Costly • Reactive • Sole-source Provider • Slow • Supply-driven To this: • Enabling • Flexible • Driver • Strategic • Difference Maker • Business Champion • Great Value • Proactive • Broker / Orchestrator • Faster than Rest of Org • Demand-driven
  13. 13. • Use the model of a Professional Services Organization • Consulting • Business Requirements • Find Solutions • Integration • Quality Assurance • Enterprise Architecture • Security • Program/Project Management • Vendor Management
  14. 14. • Change the Mindset • Increase Demand • Change the governance model • Radically increase Speed/Flexibility
  15. 15. Barriers • Current culture • Lack of corporate strategy / vision • Legacy systems • Politics / relationships • Budget • Not the right staff/training • Not enough time • Sense of urgency • Afraid to rock the boat • Lack of know-how
  16. 16. Practical Steps To Get Started NOW
  17. 17. 5th Annual Digital IQ Survey: Digital Conversations and the C-suite Companies with collaborative C-suites are 4X more likely to be a top performing company CIOs are the catalysts for the conversation
  18. 18. “It is quite startling how few CIOs have taken steps to reinvent themselves within their business.” - Maureen Osborne, Global CIO for E&Y Conclusion Maintaining status quo is not an option. You can make the difference!
  19. 19. Terry Bennett 214.912.5664 @DifferentiatorZ