There are two types of business leaders today: Those that embrace technology and those that will be left in the dust. This is the reality of our dynamic business environment where innovation through technology is a differentiator. Organizational leaders can no longer delegate important strategic technology decisions to an IT department that does not have a seat at the executive table. Those decisions must be made at the executive level. That requires not only an understanding of today’s technology, but understanding direction and speed of change in technology advancements. How can today’s leaders quickly become more tech savvy, better able to leverage technology to create a competitive edge?
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower” Steve Jobs
One local company aims to close that gap. According to Faisal Kohgadai, Director of Technology at PredictiveIT, Inc. in the Scottsdale Airpark, developing a strategic IT roadmap is an important step. Experts at Predictive IT work with their clients to elevate information technology from a cost center to a to an innovative differentiator. Working side by side with the business leaders in the organization, PredictiveIT consultants organize, innovate and educate to raise the knowledge level and forward thinking of business leaders. Their methodology stems from three principles that create a disruptive business, ready to leap ahead:
- Building a sound technology strategy on top of a strong technology foundation. To build a strong foundation, Predictive uses its IT360 assessment tool to find the weaknesses in different layers of your technology foundation. IT360 reviews technology infrastructure, databases, applications and business intelligence systems. The end result is the benchmark for creating a two year IT strategy. A careful review of findings with executives who are familiar with the organizations overall business goals is then performed.
- Using predictive analytics to move ahead of the competition. Predictive analytics is employed at various levels of the organization. The group exposes low tech research to spot industry, geographic, demographic and psychographic trends on one end. On the other end, much more sophisticated predictive data analytics are developed and used to provide leaders with decision making tools that a more precise and timely. PredictiveIT calls these services Analytics360 .
- Culture and Process. Adopting an intentional culture that embraces technology, innovation and creativity. Some of the best ideas come from surprising sources: the factory worker, the janitor, an admin assistant, etc. Using technology and unbiased tools to hire employees matched to a cultural fit is now a reality. Processes are altered to match the intentional culture. What employees expect of the workplace, and are willing to give, is changing. Technology is a large part of the change, from virtual teams to social media, understanding and leveraging those changes are critical to success.
The principles are sound and require careful attention. Business leaders are now moving as quickly as possible to get ahead of the expanding technology wave, or they will be washed up. Could your organization benefit from an IT360 assessment? Contact PredictiveIT email@example.com , visit the web site: www.predictive.it for more information.