SAS 70

Jun 14 2008   6:39AM GMT

CIO – Are you sitting on your DataCenter assets or using them?

Keith Harrell Profile: SAS70ExPERT

Order Management

Are you sitting on your DataCenter assets or using them? CIO/SAS70


As the economy continues to be unsteady, what are your priorities as CIO? As CEO’s continue to be fired, CIO’s should use the uncertainty to prioritize there IT efforts, strengthen their information security within their DataCenters, and improve communication to the business of IT efforts.


IT project funds are shrinking. Are you concentrating in the area that will return results to the bottom line of the business and keep your paycheck coming? Re-evaluate your priorities now – concentrate on those projects that will improve revenue; that will make you a superstar in the eyes of your management, and will solidify your job.


Prioritize and communicate to get the most value from all the hard work that you do. According to survey results, only 10% of CIO’s say that they did an excellent job of communicating the value of their IT assets to their bosses. If you performed a SAS70 audit, not only tell your customers, but make your internal management aware of it, as it should strengthen your network security internal controls. CIO’s should form an alliance with CFO’s to communicate the business value of the core IT assets and the projects completed within the year. Make efforts to let the Board, Management and other stakeholders aware of your hardwork and that are critical to survival of the business and quantity the net return that these IT projects bring to the organization. Scorecards work best to quickly identify areas of accomplishments, areas in process, and future plans. I use a similar technique to communicate to the audited the SAS70 audit process, results, issues and deadlines. What other methods do you use? Do you plan on cutting or adding to your IT budget for 2008 an 2009?


TAGs: DataCenter, Budgeting, Business/IT alignment, Career development, CIO,


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