Managing Service Delivery Relationships is a Challenge
(This article was kindly contributed by my friend Peter Hind who runs Hindsight Forum in Sydney and Melbourne. It is a vendor free forum where technology managers come together and share their experiences. )
Increasingly the task for many information and technology departments is to evolve their activities from being the doers to becoming the managers of the doers. This evolution has been driven by both the steady use of outsourcing and the burgeoning popularity of Cloud computing. With many organisations now in their third iteration of outsourcing and with the service delivery model for applications and infrastructure gaining traction the challenge is to ensure that the agreements that govern these relationships are effective. Continue reading “Establishing a productive partnership”
In the digital age, technology role in business transformation is becoming more and more significant. Many transformation initiatives are heavily dependent on technology enablement. In order to support the business transformation agenda, IT leaders have two challenges; readying the operations and developing the needed IT capability. Continue reading “Is Your IT Ready to Support Transformation?”
Motivating employees is a key leadership attribute. Hence, when morale is flagging, leaders take to the podium to deliver an inspiring speech and hope for the best. The question one may ask is ‘Is this effective? Are there better ways of inspiring staff?’
An article by Professor Adam Grant(*) suggests that it is often more effective for the leaders to ‘outsource inspiration’ to those people, who benefit from the organisations products and services – the end users. This recognises the power of leaders’ actions to speak louder than their words. By relating to end users, leaders help bring more meaning to the work and employees understand their contributions. Continue reading “Outsorcing Inspiration”
In the increasingly digital world, the pace of change, of both technology and business, is accelerating. The speed at which businesses need to respond is also increasing. Most IT functions are stuck in the first gear. They are just not able to keep up. Many businesses are side-lining IT during digital projects. Continue reading “Get a Second Gear for your IT!”
Mobile technologies have become the most rapidly adopted technology in the history. Mobile technologies are changing lives everywhere. Globally, the mobile technologies have become a main engine of economic growth. High R&D, declining costs and explosion in available applications is driving this growth.
“Mobile penetration is increasing, the costs of access and devices are coming down, and more and more people in both developed and developing economies are using the mobile Internet as their first—and often their only—means of going online.”
Continue reading “Mobile Technology Boosts Ecomony”
Most of the IT projects impact the way work is being done in the organisation. In order to get value or benefits from these changes, it is necessary that these system or process improvements are actually utilised and become part of the new way of doing work. This requires change management.
Transformation projects such as core systems replacement or even major outsourcing have a significant impact on the way business operates in an organisation. Here, change management becomes integral to the project success. While most IT and other senior executives understand the need for effective change management, in reality many projects fail to deliver the full potential due to the mistakes in change management. Continue reading “Why Change Programs fail?”