8 ways the CIO can transform the IT department – and survive

Logicalis is currently examining the shift from technology-focused to services-led IT through its third Global Survey ‘CIO Pressures and Priorities’. Joanne Nelson, VP of International Market for Logicalis Group identifies eight ways a CIO can transform the IT department.

Consumerisation of technology means it is available to everybody, not just specialists. Cloud technology has shifted the focus from hardware to the services being delivered. This combination has led to an expectation of instant gratification and great user experience, which is now achieved by buying technology ‘as a service’.

Quite simply users can purchase and use technology before the ink on the contract is dry and this is the driver behind the explosion of Software as a Service (SaaS). 

The threat to IT

The IT department cannot compete with the rapid adoption of cloud technologies and is often slow to react in comparison.

If IT can’t deliver what line-of-business users and managers need to do their jobs, they’ll turn elsewhere. Cue shadow IT and the relegation of IT to the backroom.

In response, CIOs need to take steps to ensure they remain relevant in their organisations as they transform into what Logicalis refers to as (SDE). One way to do this is to transform IT into a service provider in its own right – the internal enterprise service provider. If IT can make the transition to fully supporting an SDE, for instance by developing and maintaining a portfolio of quick-to-provision IT services, its relevance will increase significantly.

Defining service

The table below illustrates how the Service Defined Enterprise differs from its technology-defined counterpart:

Transition from Technology to Service

Technology Defined Enterprise Service Defined Enterprise
IT as a Project > IT as a Service
Capex > OPEX
Corporate IT > Consumer Experience
Data Centre Expansion > Private Cloud
Securing the Edge > Pervasive Mobility
Managing Storage Growth > Big Data Analytics
Unified Communications > Collaborative Workshops

Every organisation is different, and will progress along individual transformations at different speeds and with differing transformation priorities.

Making the change

Logicalis has identified eight ways in which the IT department will need to adapt and work to satisfy the SDE agenda:

  1. Focus on delivering a 360° user experience – IT Experience Management
  2. Move from managing technology to offering a well-defined service portfolio
  3. Sell itself to the organisation based on service, value and business case differentiation
  4. Adopt pre-validated architectures as the first choice for internal IT architectures
  5. Embrace IT automation to drive IT and business agility
  6. Transition staff from being experts in technology management to best practice exponents of service delivery and user experience
  7. Focus on KPIs that demonstrate delivery of business agility and improved user experiences
  8. Be confident to look externally-first for solutions and services providers for the majority of their business IT needs

Ultimately, for the CIO and the IT department, supporting the Service Defined Enterprise could be more than a plan for the future. It could be a plan for survival.

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Tags Strategy, Managed Services, Service Defined Enterprise, IT Trends, cloud computing, Cloud Computing, Business Strategy