IT Management Slideshow: Six Decisions IT Employees Should Never Make

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 02-25-2011

Decision 1

How much to spend.IT employees tend to want to spend more than is necessary, even when it conflicts with business goals.

Decision 1

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Avoid overspending by defining concrete outcomes of tech purchases.Telling your team to simply "get a solution that will provide more information" can waste thousands of dollars spent chasing elusive benefits.

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Decision 2

Defining the business processes that receive IT dollars.It's up to the CIO to decide which IT initiatives will advance business strategies.

Decision 2

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The downside of allowing your IT staff to define business processes? They'll get buried in the pursuit of irrelevant projects.

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Decision 3

Whether to integrate an IT capability organization-wide.Centralizing IT capability can save money&#151but might diminish flexibility.

Decision 3

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It's up to the CIO to strike the balance between optimal flexibility and flexibility that becomes costly and dilutes departmental synergy.

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Decision 4

How good do our IT services need to be?Your IT team will naturally seek a Cadillac when, sometimes, a Buick will do.

Decision 4

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It's up to you to effectively measure which bells and whistles are really needed. Determine how much reliability, responsiveness and data accessibility you need (not want) to have.

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Decision 5

How much security and/or privacy risk is tolerable.Overemphasis on security can impact customer, supplier relationships and productivity.

Decision 5

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It's up to you to have a good handle on how much inconvenience other departments can tolerate in the name of security.

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Decision 6

Who gets blamed for IT failures.You're the boss. You are responsible for assigning clearly defined roles and expectations.

Decision 6

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Establishing metrics for IT performance removes temptation of a blame game within your IT department and allows for objective post-failure evaluation.

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