Part 2 of 4 in a series
Take a look at your tech body: those people, processes, and products that represent your organization’s pure technical capability. Does an amazing variety of languages, methodologies, and systems make or save money? Or is all that muscle just for show?
That mass of unfocused technology investment is slow and likely contributes insufficient value. Tools and toys are not what’s important to the company. So stop posing in the mirror of technical prowess. Preen and posture your way toward the business value in technology.
The real strength of technology lies in its empowerment potential. Think of yourself as the personal trainer of the enterprise. With your guidance and expertise, functional departments benefit with improved tools and automation.
Don’t let a finance analyst wimp out and plateau early in an unshared data and templated reporting routine. Push them to ask for hooks within the enterprise data store. Get them on a data pull exercise to combine with their financial agility. The company gains valuable business intelligence, the finance department gets more work done in less time, and tech proves itself a valuable strategic partner.
Keep your head on a swivel and offer to form the right relationship with you to meet their departmental goals. Your business tech training sessions should suit their needs not your own. Keep checking in and offering to tweak their technology technique. Be supportive and encouraging even when they backslide into bad tech habits.
Heads up! Marketing needs a spot over there in big data.