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A tip to CIO’s: Select the Right SAP Consulting Partners Mandeep S. Oberoi*
March 08, 2010
Often the question is asked why should businesses choose to pay more and engage highly experienced SAP consultants instead of hiring less experienced people and paying less?
Smarten Up, and Feel the IT Love by Susan Cramm - To exploit technology, companies need a combination of IT-smart business leaders and business-smart IT leaders.
If you want to make this a goal for your organization, start by baselining and benchmarking current performance. To do so, survey your business and IT leaders to assess how they:
- Perceive the importance and value of IT
- Manage the IT asset
- View the quality of the IT-business partnership
I conducted a survey last year to get a handle on the current state of the IT and Business Leader relationship, and I had a hunch that the results would differ depending on the "IT smarts" of an organization. In this survey, "IT-smarts" was determined by the survey respondents, based on an A through F self-grading system.
Here's what I found:
SUSAN CRAMM HAVING IT YOUR WAY
My last blog discussed how to promote innovation by dismantling the mistrust that exists between IT and the rest of the business.
A seasoned IT vet responded with a self-described "dumb question" that's far from dumb: "I graduated in 1978 from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a BBA in what is now called Information Systems, which is business applications of computers. This was when both the degree and the university were new. I understood this degree was created to address this issue. Why hasn't it?"
In other words, after more than 30 years, why can't we all just get along?
When relationships are strained, it's tempting to blame the people involved (e.g., IT professionals are socially awkward, control-oriented, technophiles while business leaders are bombastic, tactically oriented opportunists.)