5 Conversations IT Needs to Have with C-Level Peers

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Align on Agility as the Goal

Agility is the catalyst for transformation across all businesses. And, while agility is a goal that’s easy to agree on, the details can be tough to figure out. It's partly a matter of translation. Both business and technology are filled with shared words, but often the meaning of these words, and their nuances, get lost in translation. Coming together on success measurements also helps create alignment. This may sound obvious, but business and IT organizations often have profoundly different metrics that signal a job well done. IT may focus on operational cost management, while the business may look more at revenue growth and margins. However, as you transform the way IT thinks about their mission, the IT department naturally becomes more aligned with business-related success metrics.

Today's CIOs strive to make technology a strategic asset for the business and an engine of profitability. However, for the relationships between CIOs and their C-level peers to be truly successful, there should be a constant stream of open communication, with strong decisions being made, followed by rapid execution.

With this in mind, Bill Bradley, CIO of CenturyLink, recommends that IT leaders have five essential conversations with their C-level peers to achieve mutually beneficial alignment on transformational IT strategies. These talks revolve around explaining the increased value IT can deliver: 1) Aligning on agility as the goal; 2) Rationalizing the application portfolio; 3) Rethinking the company's data center strategy; 4) Investing in mobility; and 5) Building strategic services.

Making the IT/business relationship work takes time and focus, but an investment in having the right conversations will pay great dividends to both business and IT management. Transforming your business to be agile has challenges as well as opportunities. Having these five conversations will help you get on the right path to making progress that benefits both sides.

 

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