When James McPartland took on the CIO role at Torchmark Corporation in 2014, he had a big task before him: Show the rest of the business that IT could help drive growth.
9 ways to make your IT department move faster
The pace of traditional IT isn't keeping up with the rate at which new consumerized services need to be developed, delivered, and iterated to address technology trends, consumer desires, and competitive landscapes. We asked some of our Enterprisers what they’re doing to keep pace, from modernizing legacy IT to adopting new IT management processes. Here’s what they had to say.
1. Develop a speed checklist
– John Marcante, CIO and Managing Director of Vanguard’s Information Technology Division
2. Leverage relationships with decision-makers
“You often hear about the value of relationships with people in your businesses, but at a general level. In reality you could save yourself hundreds of hours of wasted work and millions of dollars if you build the right relationships and leverage them the right way.”
– Eamon O’Kelly, Vice President and Industrial Solutions Chief Information Officer TE Connectivity
3. Standardize applications to remove roadblocks
– Jay Ferro, Chief Information Officer, American Cancer Society
4. Think like an entrepreneur
- Peter Weis, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Matson Navigation
5. Move at the speed of trust
– Curt Carver, Vice President of Information Technology/Chief Information Officer, University of Alabama at Birmingham
6. Consider moving to DevOps
– Gene Kim, Chief Technology Officer, Researcher and Author of "The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win"
7. If it ain’t broken, consider fixing it
– Paul Brady, CIO, Arbella Insurance
8. Use process as business accelerator
– Brian Beams, VP, IT & Business Resilience, Pharmavite
9. Move fast, but within a framework
– Cynthia Stoddard, SVP and CIO, NetApp
What are you doing in your IT department to move faster? Let us know in the comments section.