Top 10 Best Practices for Data Integration
Use these guidelines to help you achieve more modern, high-value and diverse uses of DI tools and techniques.
As I've written several times over the past few months, some industry experts are predicting CIOs increasingly will shift their focus from improving internal business processes and boosting productivity to partnering with business colleagues on customer-facing initiatives that can generate revenue. Gartner late last year predicted that by 2015, new revenue generated each year by IT will determine the annual compensation of most new Global 2000 CIOs.
While revenue-creating opportunities will become more important, that doesn't mean CIOs shouldn't continue to look for ways to improve operations in ways not directly tied to making money. Earlier this year, I shared a suggestion from MIT's Jeanne Ross that IT organizations could play a key role in streamlining and improving the human resources function.
I also cited an article by Adventis Consulting partner Alan Erskine, in which he listed four areas in which IT could and should partner with HR to create what he called an "integrated human capital management approach." The areas:
Working with HR on creating an integrated approach, perhaps employing master data management as Loraine suggests in her post, seems like a strong opportunity for IT to deliver added value to the business - albeit not in a way that will result directly in new revenue. But it is bound to raise IT's profile, given companies' renewed emphasis on hiring and retaining top talent.
Even more important, with IT's assistance, HR can advance beyond those basic functions to tackle more complex organizational issues. A more sophisticated approach to HR will soon become an expectation, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article about changes in HR strategies, written by the chief of human resources at ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co. The executive, Judhajit Das, notes that HR professionals will need to become more proactive in recognizing and addressing issues that drain productivity and in identifying and training employees with leadership potential.