Saturday, April 22, 2006

The IT Value Matrix and Seven Keys to IT Leadership

I'm a little behind on my blawg reading. The Adam Smith, Esq blog always has wonderful post and here's one specific to IT.

IT staff, both in management or in front line tech support, need to remember they are part of the business process.
CIO Magazine has come up with the "IT Value Matrix," after 18 months of collaborative effort, as a tool to let IT stop being defensive about what it costs the firm and go on the offense by articulating the value it provides.

A poster-sized copy of the IT Value Matrix can be ordered for $14.99.

Along with the Matrix, the CIO executive council developed "Seven Keys to IT Leadership:
1] The primary goal of IT is to align with major enterprise objectives. Every initiative must be clearly tied in a provable way to business value.

2] Because all major business initiatives are dependent upon technology, the CIO must have a voice at the table at which key business decisions are made.

3] The CIO is responsible for understanding a business’s complexities, influencing peers and presenting technology strategy in terms the business can understand.

4] Technology leaders are agents of change. Transition is our stable state.

5] Communication and relationship building are as important to IT leadership as technology skills are.

6] Successful technology leadership must strike a balance between competing forces: short-term versus long-term, technology versus business focus, leading versus enabling.

7] The CIO is responsible for cultivating technology leadership at all levels.

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