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5 Conversations IT Needs to Have with C-Level Peers

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    Invest in Mobility

    Investing in mobility is an essential element of an agile transformation. An agile company is more than one that can quickly iterate on software. Employees that are empowered to be closer to the customer and no longer tethered to a location can be more responsive to the customer. Bringing mobility to customers is an equally important part in a transformation to be more responsive. Allowing customers to interact with your company using any and every device allows the customer to know their needs are being met – when and where they choose. Creating great mobile solutions requires investment in underlying technology like responsive-cloud infrastructure and a services-based platform.

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5 Conversations IT Needs to Have with C-Level Peers

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    Invest in Mobility

    Investing in mobility is an essential element of an agile transformation. An agile company is more than one that can quickly iterate on software. Employees that are empowered to be closer to the customer and no longer tethered to a location can be more responsive to the customer. Bringing mobility to customers is an equally important part in a transformation to be more responsive. Allowing customers to interact with your company using any and every device allows the customer to know their needs are being met – when and where they choose. Creating great mobile solutions requires investment in underlying technology like responsive-cloud infrastructure and a services-based platform.

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.