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Embrace Evolution

Author: Pete Langlois/Tuesday, September 08, 2015/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Technology

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Over the last five years, CIO’s have voiced the need for change in how colleagues and senior executives work with them. Long gone are the days when technology was a mystery that few people in the organization understood. Technology is a major part of everyday life. As a result, today’s CIO and technology staff needs to be part of integrated project teams and demonstrate how they support and enhance the business. But making that happen can be a challenge.

One CIO with whom I spoke said his organization views technology almost as a “necessary evil.” Something needed to make things work, but not a strategic asset to be considered from the onset. Why? This CIO admits that much of this might be the fault of prior IT philosophy. It used to be that IT was all about control; technology staff told you what the system would do - based on what aspects of the system they wanted to support. However, now technology and its team play a different role.

Business leaders and product developers have assumed the lead in organizational growth. They are setting the vision, and at times informing IT after the fact how the people and systems need to make the vision happen. This lack of collaboration can create friction and result in delays. But, that is not entirely a surprise, as my CIO colleague admits, “IT operated this way for decades!”

While pay back can be fun, it’s neither good for the business nor the employees. Getting past this takes a new breed of IT leadership: Leaders who realize that control of technology is not a technology strategy. Instead, organizations need IT leaders who know IT is not the driver of the business, but a vital supporting player. Greater collaboration and sharing about how IT can help business leaders realize their vision is essential.

IT leaders need to challenge themselves to adapt a new way of thinking:

OLD THINKING
Storage and bandwidth is expensive
and must be controlled
Let me decide what you need, develop it,
and then show it to you
IT is difficult, your part is simple
Command and Control are the IT Approach
NEW THINKING
Cloud services enable dynamic growth
– providing the changes the business needs
Business need drives the solution,
and subject matter experts lead the team
All parts of the organization are valuable
and contribute to success
Collaboration and Communication are IT Hallmarks

IT leaders who adopt this new thinking almost immediately see results. One CIO we recently placed takes a “new thinking” approach to her role and sees daily benefits. In her words, “IT is not just a bottleneck, a hassle, or expense. Project teams and the leadership see us as a way to help them make smart decisions and get things done.”

The bottom line is that all roles in the organization, just like software and hardware, are in a constant state of improvement. Savvy IT leaders realize this and embrace the opportunity to play a new and more collaborative role.

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Pete Langlois
Pete Langlois

Pete Langlois

Pete Langlois is the Chief Sales Officer at GEE Group. His blog leverages his decades of experience in hiring, training and retaining top talent and covers trends and issues of interest to employers and job candidates alike.

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