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December 12, 2017 - by Synoptek
Those in IT reliant companies are shifting their roles. Why? In part, as a result of economic changes, market influences, and the growing importance of technology as a success differentiator. They’re transitioning from traditional service providers to strategic business partners and — even beyond — to innovation anticipators. Savvy business leaders realize these partnerships are key to successful IT implementations, growth, and competitive advantages. Implementing IT within all aspects of your business can have several benefits that include:
Implementing IT infrastructure to streamline business wide operations requires steps that are dependent on one another. You should not go in blind, guessing what infrastructure might work best and trying to piece it all together. To grow successfully, business insiders must first understand where their IT processes fit within their business processes and then approach their next moves methodically. To achieve this, it’s best to review your company IT maturity level.
What are the IT maturity levels?
IT partners develop maturity models to help organizational decision-makers determine their status as well as form plans to transition to more mature levels of IT operation, such as the Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). The Synoptek Maturity Model defines the following levels of maturity.
Determining your company IT maturity level requires an honest and unbiased assessment of your IT approach. It should encompass a focus on people, processes, technology, and business strategy. An overly generous or skewed assessment can not only hinder your company but can also serve to derail improvement efforts. Company leaders must clearly define their businesses’ starting points to reach new levels of maturity. From there, you can determine the best path for working toward new IT maturity levels and offer strong justification to upper-level management and stakeholders.
The significance of IT maturity
To some, the idea of IT maturity sounds a bit like business school jargon. How can understanding the different levels offer insights, and how is it valuable for business leaders to analyze where they’re at and what they can achieve? The reality is that the ability to link IT to real, measurable business value can convert IT from an expense to an invaluable component of your day-to-day business operations and long-term goals. By assessing your IT maturity level with a view of industry best practices and benchmarks, you can highlight gaps and recognize opportunities to create value. With this perspective, you can use IT to transform and grow your business.
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