CIO Dashboard: 6 Signs You Need a New IT Strategy

InsightaaS: CIO Dashboard is a blog run by PwC principal Chris Curran. In this post, guest blogger Mike Pearl (also of PwC) shares his view on signs indicating a need for a new IT strategy – many of which involve cues taken from the business side of the organization.

IT departments face crushing pressure from every direction to transform IT to meet the daunting demands of the digital age.  If you feel yourself asking questions related to IT’s role, better working relationships with Marketing, and how to capitalize on the firehose of emerging technologies, it is likely time for a new IT strategy.

IT must institute massive change on multiple fronts: deepen and reshape business relationships, overhaul IT skills, relax and reformulate governance approaches, and adopt more flexible and accessible infrastructures while increasing security. But, before embarking on big change, you need to take stock of where you are now. Based on our recent interactions with business and technology executives, following are a few signs that it’s time to revamp the IT organization:

1. Redundancy Runs Rampant

As technology becomes easier to acquire, redundant contracts run rampant across enterprises. Recently, I spoke with an executive who discovered more than 40 different licenses globally at his company with a single CRM vendor. They are looking at millions of dollars in waste…

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