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5 Conversations IT Needs to Have with C-Level Peers

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    Build Strategic Services

    Services are no longer just another tool in the developer's toolbox. Services must be viewed strategically as providing the building blocks for a nimble and responsive IT organization. You never want your development teams spending time recreating the same functionality in every new application. Development teams should focus on solving new or difficult problems instead of recreating existing functionality. Depending on your current services-maturity level, business leaders need to know the value in taking the time to retool key functionality into services. Services are a vital component of allowing IT to be more aggressive in evolving to a consumable, agile platform.

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5 Conversations IT Needs to Have with C-Level Peers

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    Build Strategic Services

    Services are no longer just another tool in the developer's toolbox. Services must be viewed strategically as providing the building blocks for a nimble and responsive IT organization. You never want your development teams spending time recreating the same functionality in every new application. Development teams should focus on solving new or difficult problems instead of recreating existing functionality. Depending on your current services-maturity level, business leaders need to know the value in taking the time to retool key functionality into services. Services are a vital component of allowing IT to be more aggressive in evolving to a consumable, agile 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.