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IT: Stop Anticipating the Future and Become More Responsive

Okay IT, it’s time to use the force. Anticipate, do not. Responsive, you must become. A post at the IT Guys blog discusses the need for IT departments to deliver solutions on the fly to move with disruptive technologies and shifting user trends.

The Jedi-Like Art of Responsiveness

IT is still performing the same duties it always has. Its job is to bring the most potential out of technology as it possibly can. But instead of predicting each and every move in trending tech, project managers can become responsive in Jedi-like fashion, listening to and guiding the business intuitively at each new turn.

Three Tenants of Responsive IT

If one can avoid wasted spending, unnecessary risk, or excessive complexity while delivering on the promise of innovation, then they will have truly mastered the PM art of responsiveness. The IT Guy lays out three tenants of responsive IT:

Tenant I Avoiding Multi-Year Contracts: In the fast paced struggle for inter-organizational supremacy, a multi-year contract will only make the IT unit and project team sluggish and ill-equipped to the varying value and risk of technology.

Tenant II – Abridge the Planning Cycles: In step with shortened contracts and commitments, CIOs should diminish the size of their planning cycles. A nimble and responsive IT organization may rely on deft and instantaneous changes in direction.

Tenant III – Channeling the Power of Cloud: Cloud computing is a natural companion to a responsive business. Many IT departments know this, and are adopting cloud conventions en masse to give their enterprises the nimble productivity of enhanced email, front-end interfaces, mobile technologies, and video tools.

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About Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He is an intern at Computer Aid Inc., pursuing his master's degree in communications at Penn State University.

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