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5 Conversations IT Needs to Have with C-Level Peers

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    Rationalize the Application Portfolio

    IT and the business need to agree that the organization runs on an application portfolio – a collection of software applications usually composed of technologies from many vintages. Some apps are new. Some are old. They all provide value, but as time passes and your market changes, some are more suitable to support the future direction of the company. It's like a football general manager deciding on whether to stick with a serviceable veteran quarterback or go with a young, potentially better player at the position. Consider capping investment in non-strategic applications while growing investment in applications that align with defined strategic business drivers. You then can think differently about how your organization supports applications, including opportunities such as moving to the cloud.

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5 Conversations IT Needs to Have with C-Level Peers

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    Rationalize the Application Portfolio

    IT and the business need to agree that the organization runs on an application portfolio – a collection of software applications usually composed of technologies from many vintages. Some apps are new. Some are old. They all provide value, but as time passes and your market changes, some are more suitable to support the future direction of the company. It's like a football general manager deciding on whether to stick with a serviceable veteran quarterback or go with a young, potentially better player at the position. Consider capping investment in non-strategic applications while growing investment in applications that align with defined strategic business drivers. You then can think differently about how your organization supports applications, including opportunities such as moving to the cloud.

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.