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Four Ways IT Can Embrace Business Management
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J_Brandt
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J_Brandt,
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11/29/2013 | 3:26:10 PM
5. Take it to the next level
5. Take it to the next level.  Learn that the future of technology is not so much in the technology as it is in the people and process.  Learn how to help the business units use what they already have to a level higher than just 20%.  The business group and the users will appreciate that much more than they will that latest upgrade you had planned.
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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11/30/2013 | 12:47:10 PM
Re: 5. Take it to the next level
"IT leaders can -- and should -- step out of their comfort zones and into business management roles" well I like this a lot. Most of the IT managers prefer to be in their Tec zones than moving to the business zone. This approach will help them to do both simultaneously.
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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11/30/2013 | 12:47:44 PM
Re: 5. Take it to the next level
This concept will develop the skills in different areas such as customer relationships, marketing , vendor management and so on.
danielcawrey
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11/30/2013 | 10:48:02 PM
Re: 5. Take it to the next level
These are all excellent points. It seems to me that IT is moving away from being super technical and more consultative. 

Some of this has to do with innovations like the cloud and how they require closer vendor relationships. Some of it is just that users are more sophisticated than ever. Mobile is a component as well. 

Still, there is a need for a business and soft skills focus. 
shakeeb
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11/30/2013 | 12:52:21 PM
Re: 5. Take it to the next level
@Brandt, very correct. Much weightage is given to people and process. And it will be much more interesting to work with them together with the knowledge in Information Technology.
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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11/30/2013 | 12:53:01 PM
Re: 5. Take it to the next level
Adding more, there are more business experts however there very little potion of technological experts with business knowledge. This always comes in handy to move in to the next level.
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11/30/2013 | 9:09:01 PM
Become Engaged In Other Aspects of Business
#3. Become a networking fiend and make human connections. Very Important!

I agree.. Connecting with  IT peers and with other divisions within the organization is imperative to a successful career in IT and Business as well. Being successful means actively engaging  your IT team, marketing, finance, and other key business departments and gaining a solid understanding of how each department operates, their goals and how IT plays a role in the overall success of the organization.

 For instance, I would much rather write code, deal with programming and protocols than to write (worry about the correct use of subject verb agreement and spelling) my thoughts and experiences with my peers. Many IT Pros would fair better if they would learn the art of Social Facilatation and human interaction. Being able to communicate with the Finance and Marketing departments as well as interact and engage with other department heads could solve complex issues and improve an organizations performance overall. But this can only happen if members of IT are willing to step outside their comfort zones and become involved in other aspects of business.

 


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