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How much IT do you really need?

IT systems landscapes have an unfortunate nature: The more functionality it delivers to the business, the more difficult it is to continue supporting the business properly. Here are some examples of consequences of having implemented too much IT:

  • Sunk costs – IT functionality that nobody uses
  • Lower System Performance
  • Higher development costs
  • Less flexibility to react on future business needs / business changes
  • More difficult to participate in the benefits of standard software
  • Higher IT maintenance costs
Key question for every Top Executive: How to ensure that we implement only so much IT support that the business really needs.

The seven principles of IT Effectiveness

The western world had to learn it the hard way - they wasted lots of money until they understood: IT has to be driven and owned by the business because their are more and more important for business success:

The reasons are manifold:

  • IT is becoming integral part of the business and in many industries it even can lead to significant competitive advantage
  • IT spendings as percentage of revenue are increasing in many industries – a cost position in the Profit and Loss statement that can’t be ignored any more
  • IT can also be a bottleneck – company can’t grow further without IT support, hence they need to establish the right systems very fast
  • Due to it’s complexity and long delivery cycles IT has to be planned long time in advance to catch up with the fast moving nature of today’s Asian businesses
  • If conducted improperly, IT can also be a risk for your business – imagine the figures out of your accounting system are just wrong
IT Governance

Do you know ...
... what's going on in your IT department?
... what value you get out of your IT systems?
... if your people are utilizing the existing IT systems fully?
... if your IT projects are delivered in the most efficient way?
... if you are using the most efficient IT vendors?
... if your IT is ready for your company's future?
... if you spend enough or too much for your IT?

IT Governance, if implemented properly, gives you the answer to these questions
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