My Aching Technology DepartmentBy Elizabeth Bennett | Posted 2003-10-09 Email Print
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Sometimes it's hard to know exactly where the pain in your information technology comes from. Use this worksheet to zero in on a diagnosis.Sometimes it's hard to know exactly where the pain in your information technology department comes from.
When the patient is your technology department, you need to make sure that an ache in one area doesn't cause a knee-jerk reaction in another. For example, Browne says, take the technology unit that simply adds business liaisons to each department rather than directly addressing its customers' general mistrust. "They may add to the comfort level, but it's an extra layer of expense," she says.
To remedy the situation, technology managers need to think strategically, Pereira says, and combat "utility company" expectations in which "people think everything [in technology] should work perfectly with the flick of a switch."
Baseline and Lawson Software created the diagnostic quiz at left to help technology managers locate their departmental pain. The quiz focuses on four main areas: customer satisfaction, project management, financial management and performance measurement. An especially high score in one of those areas may help you zero in on a diagnosis.