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IT New Year's Resolutions for 2013


IT New Year's Resolutions for 2013


2013 is here already. So are you ready? 

In the past year, we've seen how the demands of the business have put more pressure on IT than ever before, driving IT operations to explore more ways and technology to support agile operations. 

While we see how IT consumerization and BYOD impact the strategic role of IT, the IT organization is embracing innovative new approaches to meeting the demands of the business like with DevOps. What characteristics and key areas does IT need to focus in 2013 to rise to the top? 

Here are many perspectives from experts at Gartner, ComputerWorld,, and InforWorld, and more sharing their insights into what resolutions the IT department should adhere to in 2013.

1. Resolve to help shape the future with IT.

The best way for a CIO to manage IT demand is to form it. The idea that the business will decide what it wants and the IT department will deliver that presupposes that business people can know what they will want better than the technology experts within their business who understand it. Additionally, an IT department that operates by only accepting instructions will find that orders are poorly described and are provided late — making project cycle times long and resource planning weak. It is better to take charge and preform demand by suggestion, education, proposal and behavior shifting. 

By Mark Raskino and John Mahoney, Gartner 
Gartner's CIO New Year's Resolutions, 2013 

2. Resolve to show IT's value.

It's your job to show the value of IT to the business side, and one way to do that is to use data. According to the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, improving the manageability of corporate data by 10% each year increases total sales per employee by $55,900. 

By Don Reisinger, CIO Insight 
New Year's Resolutions For CIOs

3. Resolve to keep on top of the latest developments.

Keep on top of the latest developments, and spend at least 10-20% of your work time understanding the latest developments in the IT and cloud world. This is really less about the actual developments and more about the mindset of not being stagnant. There's nothing worse then an IT department that can't keep up with its users (think BYOD). This isn't to say you have to implement every new and improved mouse trap some startup is hawking, but it is about being aware and forever optimizing. This won't only help your career, it'll likely help your company, and perhaps employees will appreciate you a bit more.

By Vineet Jain, The Cloud is Not Enough blog, ComputerWorld
5 top resolutions for IT in 2013 

4. Resolve to work better to understand the IT industry.

You may be the best programmer in the world, but what companies really want are people who understand the business side of things as well. So attend an event, set up Google News Alerts for industry keywords or join LinkedIn, Yahoo groups and get involved. Knowing what's going on in your industry will give you a leg up over your competition. 

By Rich Hein, senior writer, 
9 IT Career Resolutions for 2013 

5. Resolve to study the trends.

Take some time to learn about and follow some of the big trends in the IT space. Learn about big data. Familiarize yourself with the cloud. Read up on data centers and software monetization and dozens of other topics.

By Rich Steeves, TMCnet Web Editor
IT Resolutions for the New Year 

6. Resolve to use IT to slash business costs.

CIOs aren't so much focused on IT cost-cutting in 2013, but instead on using IT to increase the profitability of the business. That's the main focus for Bob Keefe, who serves as both CIO and CTO of Mueller Water Products, an Atlanta manufacturer of products for water treatment facilities. "In 2013, I'm looking at business productivity and cost reduction," Keefe says. "We're going to focus more on manufacturing cost reduction. We have a lean Six Sigma operation. Now we're going to see how some of our IT systems work to...get better results. 

By Carolyn Duffy Marsan, Network World 
Best IT resolutions for 2013 

7. Resolve to always consider management, performance, and service governance.

As technologies change, so must IT admins. There is a massive shift going on in enterprises. Instead of building out on-premises infrastructure, they are shifting to the cloud or building highly automated private or hybrid clouds, and IT teams must learn to shift in response. Chief technology officers, chief information officers and IT pros have to capitalize on this sea change and fight to stay relevant in new cloud environments. 

By David Linthicum, Cloud Computing blog, InfoWorld
The 4 cloud computing resolutions you should make for 2013

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