Your business has reached a crossroads and could be on the precipice of big changes. During such times, it can be difficult to press ahead with big IT initiatives—since who can say if these initiatives will have any value after the changes? But there are still steps that can be taken to make IT best ready to act when the time comes. In an article for Tech Pro Research, Mary Shacklett discusses four ways to lead IT through strategy transitions:
- Investigate relevant technologies.
- Identify common business processes if your organization decides to go multi-channel.
- Keep your staff busy on relevant projects.
- Get yourself invited to strategy sessions.
Chasing a Shifting Target
Even if a definitive new strategic direction has not been struck yet, you as an IT leader inevitably have a broad inkling of where things are headed. As such, have IT dip their toes into relevant technologies in this area. Likewise, determine which in-house technology can be repurposed for new needs, and which technology will have to be acquired.
About the second tip, Shacklett says this:
If your organization’s decision is to open up brick-and-mortar and online channels for doing business and to then route goods to customers for either online or in-store delivery, a good place for your business analysts to begin is by identifying the common systems and functions that are used by all channels of order fulfillment. In [a] grocery example, these common functions are likely to include purchasing, inventory, logistics, the supply chain, sales and order taking, and perhaps even marketing. The reason you want to identify these common systems and functions is that multiple channels can use them without a need for major changes, and that is going to save you time and money.
Since you do not want IT to twiddle its thumbs waiting for decisions to be made, instead look for projects that are likely to have value moving forward. Some examples from Shacklett include projects to make APIs to bridge systems and projects to develop pertinent mobile apps.
Shacklett’s final tip is more a reminder than anything. She says that if the CIO is not getting invited to strategy sessions already, then he or she should ask to be invited. IT is too important to be out of the loop for any amount of time.
You can view the original article here: http://www.techproresearch.com/article/how-to-manage-your-it-team-through-company-transitions/