Here we are at the start of a New Year and by all accounts and most crystal balls we can look forward to another year of challenges. Actually though, it may not be a year much different than any other in that there are always challenges with IT technology. We have much to look forward to — I believe that current economic conditions will accelerate the identification and implementation of systems and processes that will allow us in IT to become more efficient, and provide our users with more effective applications with which to work.
Earlier this morning I read “A CIO’s Five Rules for Managing Through Tough Times”posted on CIO Insight. I believe that each of the points made in that brief post are pretty much what I would consider to be generally sound management principles — regardless of the business area. There has been much written during hard economic times about the risks of not planning for the future, as well as the advantage which can be gained through maintaining some level of work toward the time when the economy improves. His first point “Maintain focus on key projects that will yield long-term business advantage” is, in my opinion, somewhat of a no-brainer, although I have seen over-and-over again the “long-term business advantage” projects either shelved indefinitely or canceled. I believe that unless the company started the project for all the wrong reasons that this is a grave mistake.
Particulary in the area of custom applications, timing is everything. This is a good time!