5 Imperatives to Becoming A Service-Oriented CIO
By Matt French - 2014-9-10
I had the pleasure of attending the CIO Magazine Symposium & Awards event and hosting an esteemed panel of CIOs and IT leaders. The panelists from CareFusion, Creative Artists Agency and Toyota Financial Services, described how IT gained the confidence of their business peers and became trusted advisors. While some pundits believe IT is falling deeper into a state of irrelevancy, this group of CIOs sent a stern message that IT is not only alive – it is thriving as the backbone of the modern enterprise.
During our discussion, the panel members honed in on the topic of
enterprise service management. They provided a number of examples of
where they leveraged the IT service model to help their business peers
deliver more efficient services inside and outside the enterprise. We
covered a lot of ground during the discussion, but here are five
insights that stuck with me:
Become the digital evangelist in your organization. It is
time to make the shift from infrastructure keeper to innovation
driver. It’s more than just about cost cutting; for our panelists it
becomes about IT’s role in enabling new revenue opportunities and
transforming the way lines-of-business operate.
‘Amazon’ (or Consumerize) your user services. This means a
fundamental shift away from starting with technology and instead
taking a user-centric view of services. For one panelist, the
user-centric approach is represented well through the simplicity of
ordering pizza online. Making services accessible – from anywhere on
any device – is a must. IT is best positioned to enable this shift
because IT is best at measuring and managing processes and workflows
– No other group can do this as well.
Identify Easy Wins for Automation. One of our panelists put
it best: where email is used as a demand channel, there’s a high
degree of automation-readiness. Groups like procurement, legal, and
corporate compliance benefit quickly when key processes can be taken
out of email.
Prepare for the rule of more to drive internal demand. The
more users and employees see and benefit from automation and new
ways to work, the more they want it – and the more they demand
change. Leveraging modern platforms like ServiceNow to deliver
change at speed is the prescription for success. One panelist called
this the ‘secret sauce’ of ServiceNow – any changes, automation and
process flows can be developed and introduced within ServiceNow
fast, and in turn, IT can iterate just as fast on the platform. The
net result is an accelerated time-to-value. The panelists all agree
that the best solutions are modern and easily customizable.