Fast decision making comes with the territory of being a CIO, but these quick decisions leave room for mistakes. When making decisions about changing technology or operating schemes, it’s easy to get tunnel vision or overlook the entire process.
Here are four common CIO mistakes.
- Forgetting the big picture
- When beginning new projects or working in unfamiliar territory, it’s easy for CIOs to forget the entire scheme of things. Tunnel vision may mean success in one portion of an IT scheme, but could neglect other plans. Devoting equal amounts of time to multiple projects ensures an IT department runs smoothly. Instead of team leaders spending the majority of their time working in smaller projects, it’s recommended to remember the entire plan, and only work where assistance is needed.
- Lack of communication
- IT processes are necessary to a successful business, but are hard to understand for some people. Effectively communicating the need for successful IT helps remind key stakeholders the importance of the program, and boost IT staff morale. Bringing attention to the IT department’s success and importance to a business garners attention and support.
- Technology monotony
- Brand loyalty is great for manufacturers, it isn’t always the best when updating equipment. It’s easy to get stuck in a routine or committed to a particular device or brand because of convenience of purchase or just familiar operating systems. While change can be confusing, CIOs should regularly check technology to see if devices are functioning at the best possible level and if there are any new devices that can contribute to the IT scheme. Older devices bring options for recycling and refurbishment.
- Overlooking compliance guidelines
- A recent study showed more than half of IT professionals are unaware of their company’s compliance policies. Electronics recycling and data maintenance legislation are constantly changing, and CIOs everywhere need to be aware of these changes to keep their department out of hot water.
CIO positions come with responsibility and multiple decisions that can make or break an IT scheme. Running multiple operations at once may be overwhelming, but focusing on the big picture and maximizing value from IT and device management ensures processes run smoothly.
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