Speeding up IT

Dateline: August 29, 2014

Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend.

Nothing pleases the business partners more than to receive a quality, working IT system delivered on-time and on-spec.  Want to delight them? Deliver it fast.  In an interview by Rob Preston, Editor-in-chief at InformationWeek,  GM CIO Randy Mott suggested that speed of innovation is a key factor in the strategic success of IT.

One of Mott’s IT transformation objectives at GM is to double the speed of project delivery, mostly by putting more people on each project and doing fewer of them at a time. Mott knows that if he’s going to stamp out shadow IT at the company (a cost drag as unsupported applications and devices proliferate), his team had better get GM’s designers, engineers, manufacturers, dealers, marketers, and other key people the difference-making IT tools they need ASAP. If it takes many months to deliver new applications, compute capacity, and security controls, employees will go elsewhere for what they need and/or they’ll always be playing catch-up with nimbler competitors.

How fast can your IT organization deliver innovative solutions?  How can you speed it up?

That’s a WRAP!  Have a fantastic weekend.

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