Five Secrets to Optimize Your People, Technology, and Budget

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Your Challenge

  • IT is frequently under pressure from the business to deliver projects and services within tight deadlines. When IT cannot deliver on the people or technology side due to resource constraints, IT is often perceived as a bottleneck or inhibitor to success.
  • Without documented data on the use of people and technology resources, CIOs do not have the evidence they need to demonstrate the strain on IT and the need for increased staff or budget to cover demand.
  • Software available on the market is expensive and building from scratch is cumbersome. CIOs need reliable processes and tools to be successful. 

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Turn “I think” into “I know.” Take the emotion out of decision making by using data to prove the need for budget and staffing changes.
  • Right-size your resource strategy. You don’t need to know or do everything to get results – know your limits and plan within them.
  • Take an agile approach to optimization. If you don’t succeed the first time, try again. 

Impact and Result

  • Create a resource strategy that not only demonstrates the work that IT does, but also maximizes IT’s capacity by optimizing the pipeline to get as many IT projects complete as possible.
  • Build clear reports on IT utilization and productivity and leverage these in critical business and finance conversations. 

Contributors

  • Ken Piddington, CIO and Executive Advisor, MRE Consulting
  • Harvey Guindi, CIO, Health Network Laboratories
  • Fabio Violante, CTO Performance and Availability, BMC Software

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Get to Action

  1. Start here – read the Executive Brief

    Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should optimize IT resources, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

  2. Structure the project

    Identify the organization’s fit for resource strategy optimization and define clear goals and metrics for success.

  3. Build the strategy

    Identify and document resource supply and demand.

  4. Optimize and leverage the strategy

    Optimize the resource strategy and identify opportunities to leverage it in key conversations with stakeholders.

Guided Implementation icon Guided Implementation

This guided implementation is a six call advisory process.

    Guided Implementation #1 - Structure the project

  • Call #1: Scoping call to establish the relevance of this project for your organization

  • Call #2: Discuss your current state assessment and project plan

  • Guided Implementation #2 - Build the strategy

  • Call #1: Determine the current capacity for technology and people resources

  • Call #2: Discuss the project, and non-project demand for technology and people resources

  • Guided Implementation #3 - Leverage the strategy

  • Call #1: Review your resource strategy conflicts and test optimization methods

  • Call #2: Discuss and seek out opportunities to leverage the strategy and reports

Onsite Workshop

Module 1: Make the Case for Optimizing Your Resource Strategy

The Purpose

  • Identify key pain points faced by IT.
  • Identify IT resourcing goals and metrics.
  • Identify strategy opportunities.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Communicate the challenges and opportunities of completing this project.
  • Gain a high-level view of resource maturity in your organization.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Identify resourcing pain points
1.2 Identify key goals and metrics
  • Clear goals and metrics
1.3 Identify your desired maturity level
1.4 Develop the project purpose statement
  • Project communication message

Module 2: Develop a Resource Management Strategy

The Purpose

  • Identify people and technology capacity and demand for the organization.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Completed data collection on the organizational needs and capacity for people and technology.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Interview stakeholders
2.2 Review survey results
2.3 Conduct requirements gathering exercises
2.4 Aggregate results
  • First draft of the resource strategy

Module 3: Optimize and Leverage the Strategy

The Purpose

  • Review the first draft of the IT resource strategy, and identify opportunities where you can optimize and leverage the reports.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understand optimization techniques.
  • Optimize the resource strategy.
  • Identify opportunities to leverage the strategy.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Review the utilization graphs
3.2 Identify optimization opportunities
  • Opportunity overview
3.3 Conduct sensitivity testing
3.4 Determine report use cases
  • Optimized resource strategy

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