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3 ways IT can influence enterprise development

Grant Davis | April 17, 2013
2013 is shaping up to be an interesting year for businesses worldwide as dated techniques give way to many technological advances across enterprises that are designed the meet rising customer expectations. This is forcing CIOs to think outside the box as their c-level counterparts sharpen their focus on what technology can do for their businesses.

The specific plan will be different for each CIO, and this is the fun part. You are able to incorporate your personal ideas and visions through the plan.

Make it clear to fellow leadership that you are organised and confident. Create a mutual understanding that explains the plan as a positive for all parties involved. Because the employees are going to be asked to contribute outside of the traditional routine, they may need to be compensated higher.

These are all ideas, and are not concrete as each business is different in both structure and organisation. As a CIO, it's your job to understand the components of your situation and utilise the most efficient course of action.


The execution phase will be determined by the plan developed for a specific business and is the most crucial step in the process. Preparation time will be pointless if it never comes to fruition.

At this point in the transition, it is your job as a CIO to begin and make the ideas actionable. It's possible that you and fellow leaders decided, for example, that your senior software engineer has useful business development skills.

He or she may have an MBA and therefore a multifaceted impression on other areas of the business. He or she may be able to incorporate data processes to outside business development and help determine why they matter.

Reorganisation within an IT department at this step will diversify the knowledge base of the entire company by dispersing IT employees through other divisions where they can apply practical knowledge with fresh ideas and perspectives.

As a CIO, the hard part is over with if the plan was organised correctly. You have already decided how and why you are going to reorganise your IT team and now it's simply time to make the changes. Watch your step and observe carefully, as changes will be widespread and different than ever before.

IT employees are brilliant people. Businesses in 2013 need minds like these to couple data and network awareness with operations outreach and development. It can't hurt either way, especially if employees find personal benefit in the reorganisation. Fresh change and increased success in the marketplace is a great combination as 2013 kicks into full gear.

Grant Davis is a data modeller by day and writes by night. His passion for computers started when he discovered instant messaging in high school.


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