Do you believe in the value of IT to your organization? Do you have a project backlog? Do those projects offer the financial or intangible benefits that will compete well with other investments your firm needs to make in order to win in the marketplace?
The CIOs I interact with are telling me the bar is set higher than ever on IT investments. If the ROI is weak or non-existent, the project does not move forward. But if your plans and initiatives do offer significant benefits – accelerating revenues, reducing costs, or mitigating risks – why are they “waiting in line”?
I made a return trip to Walt Disney World® recently (By the way, I should have listened to my Dad’s advice to “never say never”; we planned our “one and only” trip to Disney 14 years ago and vowed that we would “never” return). Suffice it to say that I am not a huge theme park fan, and I detest waiting in lines.
One of several positive changes since our last visit to Disney (we had a great time this year) was the institution of the FASTPASS®. On a good day at Disney, many of the most popular attractions require waiting in line for 60 minutes or more. But with the FASTPASS®, you insert your admission card into a machine near the attraction and receive, in return, a ticket that gives you a one-hour window (usually 45 minutes to 2 hours from the time of your request) during which you can return and be admitted to that attraction with little or no wait time. Will the inventor of this idea please step forward for a big hug?
So instead of waiting in line for three hours to visit three of the most popular attractions in a given day, I can plan my time a little better, use my FASTPASS® to move me along in a “virtual line”, and invest my time elsewhere in the park, resulting in a much more productive and pleasant day.
Have you thought about your IT project backlog in this way? What is the value of that backlog? What are you not getting done that could move your organization forward and generate more bottom-line benefits sooner?
You have limited IT staff, and the best ones are always the busiest ones. Reaching out to an IT firm like Keller Schroeder to own and manage one or more of your critical projects could be the equivalent of a FASTPASS® to increased productivity and throughput. Most projects require some mindshare from senior IT staff members for tasks such as discovery, design, and vendor coordination. Consultants at Keller Schroeder average over 19 years of IT industry expertise. We have experience leading projects and running interference on behalf of senior IT team members for a number of our clients in order to move projects forward while they focus most of their time and attention elsewhere.
Some of our clients are accustomed to utilizing Keller Schroeder to augment their existing staff, but not to lead projects. Other clients are well aware of our project management expertise, but not our desktop support or network security practice. Our employee-owners represent a diverse portfolio of skills and backgrounds, and our reputation for quality results is unparalleled.
Take a look at what you need to accomplish and give us a call. Our mission is all about helping you more successfully achieve your objectives. There is a good chance we can help you move important IT initiatives forward with less investment of time by your staff than you think. Go with the FASTPASS®!