Seven rules for creating successful global IT services - Rule 1
Ten years ago I was working at a large service provider who had many business units across many towns. We wanted to work with one IT environment, one e-mail account, one (dual) datacenter, one service desk, and a single standardized set of applications to help us to support our clients with singular truths (finance, logistics, client information, etc.). We were successful after several years, but it definitely took time. Not only due to the technical work – as this requires an in-depth roadmap for the technological and financial challenges – but also for the management of change, which can be complex in these scenarios.
“Where is the service desk located?”, “What will happen to obsolete employees?”, “Which environment is the best (and who has to change)?”, “What is the business case?”. These are some typical questions which sit at the top of the iceberg. Resistance was also present in the form of: “The clients won’t accept this”, “I don’t have time for this”, “I don’t have the budget to support this”, and “I only will do this when you do something for me”.
I see this story constantly repeat itself. Presently, global companies can see the advantages of an integrated IT environment where all employees around the globe can work with identical information that is supported by the best, relatively inexpensive IT services. All opportunities for offshoring and globalization should be explored. Quint has supported many of these local and global projects, and we have developed seven rules that have worked for us on both a global and local scale.
Rule 1: Have an agile and resilient strategy
The process of standardization and globalization takes time, and rightfully so. Many people will need to be involved, but the business still has to go on as well. Therefore, a clear strategy (of ‘why’ and ‘what’) is essential, so that it is understood and supported by senior management, as well as being agile and resilient enough to overcome the many hurdles you will find on your way to implementing global IT services.
Also think about the business changes you may encounter over the years, such as mergers & acquisitions, the need for restructuring, the growth in one segment and the shrinkage in others, and even new types business services that can appear that you are not even aware of today. Keep tabs on all the IT changes you want, or need to realize over the next few years.
Next week we take a look at Rule 2: Define your business IT services
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