Nine Ways to Better Organize Your IT Department

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 08-19-2013

Nine Ways to Better Organize Your IT Department

Chain of Command  Limit your direct reports. There should be no more than five to seven.

Nine Ways to Better Organize Your IT Department

Nine Ways to Better Organize Your IT Department

Lock Step  Align the IT organizational structure to that of your overall company's.

Nine Ways to Better Organize Your IT Department

Nine Ways to Better Organize Your IT Department

Blueprint for Success  Create a career path that allows IT specialists to take on enterprise-operational roles.

Nine Ways to Better Organize Your IT Department

Nine Ways to Better Organize Your IT Department

Vital Components  Incorporate operational management, quality control and customer-service roles that provide direct feedback to you.

Nine Ways to Better Organize Your IT Department

Nine Ways to Better Organize Your IT Department

Potent Mix  Integrate strategic planning with security and business continuity.

Nine Ways to Better Organize Your IT Department

Nine Ways to Better Organize Your IT Department

Silo Smashers  Create positions that act as liaisons to non-IT pros, to elevate organization-wide operations and productivity.

Nine Ways to Better Organize Your IT Department

Nine Ways to Better Organize Your IT Department

Personal Touch  Stay in close touch with HR on human-asset planning and training.

Nine Ways to Better Organize Your IT Department

Nine Ways to Better Organize Your IT Department

Watchful Eye  Assign a team to stay on top of industry trends, as well as the competition's moves.

Nine Ways to Better Organize Your IT Department

Nine Ways to Better Organize Your IT Department

Sharing Intelligence  If there are independent IT functions in other departments outside of your managerial duties, stay in close touch so you know what technologies they're using.

Nine Ways to Better Organize Your IT Department