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Most IT organizations get this wrong.

If IT organizations have to make the decision about “what to build next”, they usually chose the wrong things to focus on.  Important projects wait in the wings while the stuff that gets attention, and resources, and effort, really doesn’t deliver on the goals of the company.

In IT management terms, you have a governance problem.  The company needs “A”, IT decides to build “B”, and delivers “C-” and no one is happy.

It may come as a surprise to you, but there is a way to fix this.  It’s called “alignment”.  That requires getting everyone on the same page about what the priorities really are, and then going after them with resources aligned for success.  IT, of course, will resist.  That’s where we come in.

Vanguard EA offers a “governance and alignment report” — a quick consult and engagement, designed to last a month and produce a set of achievable recommendations that you can take to the senior management of the company.  A short list of reforms, so to speak, that will rewire the way that IT works, so that it works for the needs of the business, and not against it.

What do you need to do?  Contact Vanguard EA.  We will figure out when a consultant can come in, and get some paperwork out of the way.  We arrive, interview folks, create a report, and present it to senior leadership.  You get an IT department that works for the business.  Your IT department gets better aligned and better supported by its stakeholders.  It’s a win-win.

Contact Nick Malik (nick@vanguardea.com) to get started.

What does the report include?

  1. An evaluation of the maturity of processes for initiating, backlogging, and reviewing requests for IT resources.
  2. An evaluation of the capabilities of the IT staff, the stakeholders, and the requirements of management to create a kick off process that is “right sized” to your organization and it’s culture,
  3. A set of recommendations for the next step in growing the maturity of your IT governance processes.  This helps you to not fall back into old patterns.

Why Vanguard EA?

Our Vanguard EA architects have worked in a wide array of organizations, often in the role of forming and driving governance processes within IT and the organization at large.  There are very few situations we have not seen.  Our review is quick, but highly valuable in identifying opportunities for overcoming bottlenecks, surmounting hurdles, and unblocking necessary initiatives.  Why use architects?  Because you cannot bullshit an architect.  We understand technology in our bones, and have worked on projects of all sizes.

The process of reviewing your governance maturity is intensive and may be mildly intrusive to senior staff, so readiness is critical.  We will work closely with your team prior to the start of the engagement to set up a schedule of meetings and sessions, allowing the entire process to operate smoothly.

Structural problems in the initiative, oversight, visibility, and financial reporting of IT projects can hobble a good team, preventing progress and generating undue frustration among your stakeholders.  Don’t let an avoidable mistake cost you and your team the good will that you need to succeed.

The road to regaining the trust and confidence of your stakeholders may be long, but you cannot reach the destination until you start. Contact Nick Malik (nick@vanguardea.com) right away to set up a call or fill out our online contact form.

Trust must be earned.