3 Reasons Why Your Current IT Function Isn’t Working Anymore

By Susie Cummings| April 03, 2017

While the need to align business strategy with IT has been top of mind for CEOs for some time now, many business leaders still struggle to connect IT to their business objectives. Historically, IT has not had a seat at the table for strategic business decisions. While the need for greater transparency and strategic focus in IT has exponentially increased, it still is considered to be one of the main challenges IT organizations face today. CEOs feel that they aren’t seeing tangible returns on their IT investment. At the same time, IT leaders are feeling over-extended by the increasing demands just to keep up with the latest issue, let alone find time to proactively focus on strategic solutions for a more profitable future.

3 Reasons Your Existing IT Approach Isn’t Working

  1. IT teams today need experts in an increasing array of advanced technologies: The complexity of technologies used to enable your business has created new requirements for expertise in more IT specialties than ever before.
  2. It is difficult, if not impossible, to attract and retain the talent you need: Staffing proves to be financially prohibitive when the majority of these specialized resources are only needed fractionally.
  3. Innovation is now constant: With the emerging prevalence of the cloud, IT environments roll out monthly creating persistent new challenges for IT.

As technology continues to play a greater role in impacting every layer of business, it’s time for organizations to re-examine their approach to IT management.

In the past, IT professionals in mid-market organizations had the capacity to learn and stay up-to-date with the systems that were critical to run the business. They also had more control over the decision to implement new technology. Today, business functions are often driving technology strategy and adoption, leaving IT to be reactive to the new challenges that go along with these technologies.

The diversity of skills required, the need for on-demand specialized expertise, and the acceleration in the deployment of new solutions in the cloud has made the traditional IT model unsustainable for today’s businesses.

The mid-market movement towards IT Outsourcing