Increase productivity using IT

In Uncategorized on March 2, 2010 at 6:42 am

In my blog on February 3rd, I wrote about how to enable team to focus on big things. InformationWeek magazine dated Feb 22 talks about the importance of being agile and 7 key factors that enable it. The stark similarities between the two articles only confirm the importance of focusing on the right things.

A medium or large size company has both organic growth and growth by acquisition. Different product groups within the company may have different preferences on software for development, repository, version control, etc. All this may work fine in one team. But when there is a handshake between teams, things start to get complicated. The new acquisition adds yet another dimension with its own set of tools and policies.

The IT department should invest in identifying best practices and ensure that the teams follow them. A periodic review enables that the team has the best technology to work with. This enables ease of doing business within the company to respond to customer needs faster. It is essential to phase out the old tools for two reasons (a) no new users can be added (b) save money instead of maintaining a legacy tool / application. Being proactive saves a lot of time, money, and frustration.

You may be interested in the article Big Rock, Small Rock.


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