Category Archives for "Relevant IT"

Aug 25

Relevant IT for Startups in 5 Powerful Stages

By Mark Geschke | Relevant IT

Business leaders really like the structure and execution focus Relevant IT brings to a company that embraces uncertainty and embarks on a digital transformation journey.

But there are some that feel they need less process guidance in their business to become more agile and better at emulating successful startups.

And they are right!!  But not in the way they think.

It may be surprising, but Relevant IT actually provides as much guidance to startup businesses as it does to established organisations.

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Jun 23

Strategic Sourcing – an Essential BTM Competency

By Mathias Tölken | Operational IT Leadership , Relevant IT

Good service provider selection not only frees up expensive internal resources or complements non-existent internal skills, but can also significantly contribute towards achieving business goals. This is especially true for small and medium businesses that do not have sufficient funds to appoint people in all the required roles.

But how to approach this topic and how to decide when to insource and when to outsource? And are we not sometimes able to just buy the cheapest option versus developing and investing in a strategic partnership?

Strategic Sourcing is the fourth of 15 BTM Competencies Every IT Leader has to Master, but it keeps popping up as a topic in our Mastermind Groups and thus I feel that it warrants a blog article of its own.

In this article I will introduce the concept of linking outsourcing to your business strategy and assist with identifying some initial leverage opportunities in your business.

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Apr 14

How to Best Prepare for Your Next IT Budget

By Mark Geschke | Operational IT Leadership , Relevant IT

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At Space Age Technologies I learned how important the IT budgeting period is for SMEs. Together with the client IT leader we would often scramble like mad to prepare a list of projects and other initiatives, only for many of these items to be shot down due to "cost savings" and general misunderstanding of their benefits.

We were not happy.  Business leaders just didn't get IT!

Or so we thought.

We have since learned how short-sighted we were and have developed a rigorous process for continuously improving the outcomes of the IT budgeting process.

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Apr 07

15 Essential Business Technology Management Competencies Every IT Leader Has to Master

By Mark Geschke | Operational IT Leadership , Relevant IT

Almost every SME IT leader I know wants to learn how to better provide business value through IT .... and there is plenty of advice going around. The problem is that there is so much information that it has become very difficult to know what is applicable and what should be focused on when.

Fortunately, we have worked on this since 2010 and accumulated quite a lot of knowledge on the way.

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Dec 15

A Mid-Sized Business Needs at Least 4 Strategic IT Leaders

By Mark Geschke | Digital Transformation , Operational IT Leadership , Relevant IT , Strategic IT Leadership

If you are working in a mid-sized organization with between 50 and a 1000 IT users, chances are you will be surprised by this bold statement. It sounds wasteful, impractical and outright utopian.

If you have this strong reaction, then all I can say is “good, you are at least curious and willing to find out more”! It has taken us five years to come to this conclusion and I cannot wait to share our reasoning in this article.

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