That constant barrage of sales calls, emails and even that occasional snail mail or Fedex package all wanting to talk about a growing set of technologies. Whether it be the latest software package, servers, flash, converged, cognitive analytics and on and on and on.
Consider the above a list of just most of the accounting technologies out there. Multiple this by 1,000 fold for all vendors who want you as a customer.
Now multiple that by the number of companies who are focused on calling directly into your accounting, operations, marketing and other department selling them services.
How do deal with this onslaught of activity is truly incomparable to any other function in the business. Here is a process that helps me.
No, not the one where I never ever answer my work phone.
Categorize all activities, projects and strategies around simplify, business process optimize, customer satisfaction and compliance.
- Simplify – removing complexity from your technology delivery whether it be infrastructure, applications, access…
- Business process optimizing – focusing on profit. Removing costs aka waste from business processes
- Customer satisfaction – my way of saying generate revenue – new net or more per customer
- Compliance – the one you never have a choice to do or not to do and while you wish it was otherwise always becomes the top priority whether it be PCI, HIPPA, Sarbanes or other
Not just the IT projects, but I gather input from the finance, marketing and other functions and put them in the above categories.
Finance is easy – almost all Compliance or Business Optimization. They they are attracted to Simplify.
Marketing yes Customer Satisfaction is their sweet spot, but again Simplify can work especially if it decreases time to delivery new services to Marketing.
Over all this pushes the complexity of cloud/public/private/hybrid, analytics, mobility, security, converged, hyperconverged, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and so on off the table and focuses your attention, the functional areas and evidentially your key suppliers on talking about business outcomes.