Daily Archives: April 30, 2012

IT organizations offer tremendous leverage

Do your senior managers understand the leverage your IT operation offers your company?

In most situations, especially in small companies, the answer is unfortunately and sadly, “No!”.

As a CIO, one of your responsibilities is to ensure the senior management team realizes the opportunities available to them in the leverage the IT operation can provide.

The IT organization is the only department in a company that can reduce the cost or improve the productivity of all other departments in the company. No other organization in a company offers this level of leverage.

The sad thing is that far too often senior managers aren’t aware of the potential sitting right under their noses.

CIO’s and IT managers need to do a few things:

  1. Establish a positive track record of delivering projects successfully so IT has credibility and senior managers will listen when you have something to say.
  2. Communicate the successes and business value the IT organization is achieving.
  3. Educate senior managers on the leverage opportunities you discover as you identify the company’s business needs and issues.

Effective IT support is about delivering business value. Do this consistently and you will discover your senior management team is much more interested in the initiatives you recommend and where you want to spend money.

IT Asset Management: tracking technology assets

IT Asset Management: tracking technology assets
Managing the technology assets of a company has never been more important than it is today. With change taking place more frequently and exposure to risk increasing, it is a requirement of every CIO to keep track of the technical assets of the company.

Tracking your technology assets is important so you need a few tools and a simple process to manage this part of your business effectively. This helps you be more organized and will give you a head start in budgeting and other management requirements.

This book tells you what to track and provides several tools to help you do it.

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What To Look For in a CIO: get more value from your IT investment

What To Look For in a CIO: get more value from your IT investment
This was my first book targeted to company executives because there tends to be a lack of understanding IT and not knowing what they should expect from their IT organization, , , and CIO.

Key attributes are outlined that are necessary for CIO’s to be effective for their company. The document “nets out” traits that lead to success and helps a company’s senior management quickly understand what they should expect from their CIO and how to work effectively with a CIO.

The material is useful for technical managers of all levels to better understand the role and requirements necessary to become an effective CIO and provides tools that help you gauge your own capabilities with those that are needed for a CIO position.

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IT Budgeting: operational and capital budgets made easy

IT Budgeting: operational and capital budgeting made easy
Budgeting is not as difficult as many make it, , , all you need is a practical process and a few tools, , , plus insight from someone who has developed dozens of successful IT budgets. A few tips you will receive in this book will save you lots of time and frustration.

Sooner or later you have to learn how to budget and build a plan that is aggressive but achievable. This publication takes you through the process of building a reasonable business plan and focuses on key areas with CIO level insight that are most important to ensure you will meet your budget plans.

My own personal tips and techniques are included that served me well for twenty years of managing dozens of IT budgets.

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IT Assimilation: consolidating redundant technologies

IT Assimilation: consolidating redundant technologies
After you conduct an IT assessment, you need a plan to transition your organization. In IT Assimilation I use my company acquisition experiences to provide you lots of tips and techniques to do this effectively.

“Ok, so we’ve acquired a new company. Now what do we do?” These words have been used far more than you might realize. This document provides a game plan and a road map on what and how to go about assimilating an acquired company’s technology.

Key issues are emphasized to help you minimize risk as you transition and eliminate redundant technologies

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IT Staff Motivation & Development: build a world class team

IT Staff Motivation and Development: build a world class team
Your competition wants your best people. Keep them with you when you motivate and develop them. This material will not only help you retain your key employees, , , it will also lead to a stronger and more capable team.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Create an enthusiastic team that has everyone focused on the same target and ‘watch out’. Not only is it powerful and something you will remember forever, , , it is also a lot of fun.

This publication goes to the heart of empowering technical resources so they feel good about what they do. Nothing feels more rewarding than when your company and client tells your team that they are doing an excellent job.

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IT Organization: right-size your organization for success

IT Organization: right-size your organization for success
An IT manager needs an organization plan that builds the appropriate mix of skills, experience, capability and capacity to meet your company’s technology support needs. Don’t spend more than is needed, , , right-size your organization.

The best lesson any manager can learn is that it’s more important to the company in what the IT organization can accomplish as opposed to what the manager can accomplish. A heavy emphasis on ‘team’ and ‘teamwork’ make this publication essential in developing leadership skills that help you build an appropriate organization to meet the needs of your company.

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IT Strategy: align your IT vision for business value

IT Strategy: align your IT vision for business value
The key to keeping IT aligned with your company is to develop a practical IT strategy for your company, review it with your senior management team, and gain their support. This book takes you step by step through the whole process.

Create strategic plans for your IT organization and set yourself apart from your peers. Most IT Managers are reactive managers only because they haven’t learned the value of developing long term strategies that work. This book even discusses how to prepare for your strategy recommendation meeting with your senior management team to gain their agreement and support.

Included is an actual strategic IT plan example with CIO level insight into each component.

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IT Project Management: a practical approach

IT Project Management: a practical approach
The key to IT credibility is delivering projects successfully. Doing this is not as complex as you might think, , , I’ll give you a simple yet effective process to use and tools that will help you make it happen consistently.

Managing projects effectively is crucial for any IT manager. Establishing a reputation that you deliver projects on time and within budget with minimal problems will position you for many more responsibilities in your company.

This publication provides a “short cut” to effective project management techniques that I learned at IBM and other companies that have helped me for over 30 years. Tools are included to simplify the entire process.

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IT Due Diligence: merger and acquisition discovery process

IT Due Diligence: merger and acquisition discovery process   Our Best Selling e-book
The key to IT success is being able to identify what your team needs to work on. Use the process and tools I developed while conducting over 40 company acquisitions to help you assess any IT support situation.

Tools, examples, and plenty of “how to” discussion provides what you need to conduct a technology assessment efficiently and thoroughly, even a report template to help you organize and present your findings and recommendations.

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