It has almost become cliché to say that success in business is directly related to people skills. In particular, I’m referring to people skills related to building and managing strong relationships with the right people. Most of us know this intuitively and want to improve the quality and quantity of our network, but attitudes and […]
A lot of professional business people tell me that that they would like to get out and network more, but they never seem to find the time. When I hear that I thank the universe that I learned my lessons about networking early in my career. Why is professional networking important? We all know that […]
A True CIO and vCIO are fundamentally different. Increasingly, mid-size businesses are outsourcing their IT support functions such as help desk, server and network management to an IT Managed Service Provider (IT MSP). Within their various service offerings, many of these companies also provide a function called vCIO, or virtual Chief Information Officer. They are […]
Business executives intuitively understand the importance of governance for organizational assets such as human capital, financial assets and physical assets. Still, many don’t necessarily appreciate the need to govern information and IT assets. Given the intangibility of information, and the resources invested in IT by the average business, it makes perfect sense to govern IT […]
Many of our mid-sized clients struggle with realizing true value from their IT investments, including their investment in the IT Director role. For a good description of the value to expect from IT, please browse our April, 2015 article Is IT Providing Value In Your Business. Part of the reason for this troubling situation is […]
What level of value is Information Technology (IT) providing your business? Mid-sized businesses typically have annual revenues between $10 million and $200 million. Often, leaders of these type of businesses believe that Information Technology is a back office function and an expense to be minimized. They believe that IT is absolutely necessary like power, facilities […]
The Value of a VIE IT Snapshot℠ How effective is IT in your company? The VIE IT Snapshot℠ answers this key question for enterprises of all types. Understanding IT Value It is very difficult for in-house staff to have a clear, objective picture of exactly how effective your IT is. From strategy and business outcomes […]
Do you view IT as a burden rather than an asset, an expense rather than an investment, a curse rather than a blessing and not something that actually makes you money?
Do you think of information technology as the tool to optimize the decision-making and execution that produces higher levels of productivity, innovation, customer loyalty, employee motivation and profit in your business? Strategic IT is just that.
This post is on a topic of how a management consultant can provide maximum value by becoming a trusted advisor. I have always felt that there is a continuum that exists for management consulting services with a defined product on one end and a highly trusted advisor on the other.