The relationship between an organisation and the traditional IT service provider is sometimes fraught with conflict, born from a lack of mutual understanding and, as a consequence, poor delivery of IT services. This leads to blame and mistrust from both parties and can seriously affect the organisation’s outcomes.
For IT to become a more effective service delivery unit, there are a few fundamental changes that need to be made:
- Align with the organisation’s objectives
This sounds obvious, but it so easily gets forgotten! It’s the ‘why are we all here?’ question. It is not possible for many business outcomes to be realised without IT service being one of the enablers, so the objectives of the IT service delivery unit must support the organisation’s strategic objectives, and the IT service provider must understand where IT helps, or hinders, the organisation in achieving these goals.
- Speak the organisation’s language
Communicate with the organisation using business language rather than technical terms. Stakeholders will be more engaged in dialogue that talks about whether a service has the capacity required and the necessary availability.
- Gain the organisation’s trust
Agree some service levels with the organisation; understand, and agree, what the organisation expects of IT and what is possible for IT to deliver within the specified budget. IT is always a significant cost to the organisation, which means it’s essential for costs to be transparent; the organisation needs to know how the money is being spent.
- Demonstrate value
This is the most challenging, as value is co-created with the customer, is changeable and is not easily measured. It is therefore imperative for the IT service provider to fully understand the goals and requirements of the organisation (customer) in order to show that IT is contributing to the organisation’s overall success rather than just being viewed as a necessary overhead. Provide measurements of end–to–end services instead of technology metrics; key performance indicators matched to business objectives will demonstrate more alignment with the organisation and therefore show IT’s contribution to the overall business goals.
The move from traditional IT to an effective IT service delivery unit is not easy, and sometimes daunting, but it’s essential for the long–term benefit of the overall business and for the IT service provider’s .
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