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Mark P. McDonald
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24 years IT industry

Mark McDonald, Ph.D., is a former group vice president and head of research in Gartner Executive Programs. He is the co-author of The Social Organization with Anthony Bradley. Read Full Bio

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Happy New Year

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 20, 2010  |  2 Comments

No I have not read my calendar wrong, its just that today represents the first Monday of 2011.  How can that be? Well a while ago on Memorial Day  I posted a blog that pointed out that any solution implemented after Friday September 16th would not have sufficient time to deliver significant results in 2010.

The date is based on the assumption that an IT system needs 90 days to demonstrate measurable business benefits. The calendar does not count December as companies are wrapping up the year-end and holidays.

So have a yourself an extra cup of coffee or a soft drink and rather than think of the year that has passed, think of all the work that needs to be done before everyone else thinks its new year.

Those tasks include:

  • Reprioritizing your work to complete current commitments because time is short.  Look at how your people are currently deployed, what they are working on and what you committed to do during the calendar year. Resolve any mismatches now, while there is some time to create results.
  • Building the information base for demonstrating IT’s contribution in 2010. You can start doing that now because chances are any changes you make now will not deliver significant value until last year. In going back over the year be sure to start with solutions or changes made in September 2009 as they are likely to have delivered the majority of their benefits this year. Be sure to have a response to how IT helps increased enterprise productivity and do not forget about the questions every board should ask of their CIO.
  • Locking down plans and priorities for calendar year 2011 both in terms of your strategy, budget and organizational structure. Now is the time to contemplate the changes needed to deliver value next year.  What is the direction you will announce at your 2011 kick off meetings, the details can wait, but what changes will you make to IT in response to business priorities and technical changes you see coming up next year.

It is never too late to start, but it can be too late to finish.  So, Happy New Year and here is to getting a three month head start on everyone else who things that 2011 starts in January.

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