Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do

 
 
By eweek  |  Posted 2008-01-02
 
 
 

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do

Eliminating carbon dioxide emissions is nice, but saving money is better. Replacing aging IT equipment with more energy efficient systems is one of the easiest ways to get the capital expense budget to pay for itself.

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do - Increase Storage Utilization

Easier said than done given performance considerations, but the fact remains that a lot of money is being wasted on storage hardware.

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do - Increase Storage Utilization

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do - Find Alternate Sources of Training

It's a lot easier to keep and motivate people when they feel like the company is investing in their skills. That may mean others might try to poach them, but in this IT job climate, that will happen for sure if you do nothing.

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do - Find Alternate Sources of Training

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do - Invest in at Least One Emerging Technology

It's easier to never take a chance on anything new such as virtualization, but you're never going to move your company ahead by being the head of IT maintenance either.

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do - Invest in at Least One Emerging Technology

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do - Investigate Managed Services

This is a form of outsourcing that is designed to be more complementary to existing IT staffs by letting somebody else sweat the small stuff while you and your staff concentrate on adding value to the business.

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do - Investigate Managed Services

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do - Increase the Productivity Per Employee Numbers

Don't let managing the IT budget lull you into taking your eye off the reason you're working for the company in the first place.

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do - Increase the Productivity Per Employee Numbers

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do - Improve a Business Process

Not every business process is broken, but more than a few are inefficient. Improving these will turn you and your staff into company heroes.

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do - Improve a Business Process

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do - Take a Business Colleague to Dinner

You should do this at least once a month because you can't improve a business process unless you actually understand what it does.

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do - Take a Business Colleague to Dinner

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do - Demand Time in Front of the Board

At least once a year you should demand time in front of the company stakeholders to make sure they understand the value IT provides the business while simultaneously soliciting their ideas for improvements.

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do - Demand Time in Front of the Board

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do - Make Sure Everybody on the IT Staff Has A Smart Phone

You will be surprised to find out how many IT issues can be managed remotely using a smart phone attached to the network.

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do - Make Sure Everybody on the IT Staff Has A Smart Phone

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do - Make the Help Desk Proactive

Instead of waiting for job tickets to be opened by users with problems, send people out looking to resolve issues before they become problems.

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do - Make the Help Desk Proactive

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do - Take a Day

Clear your calendar at least one day a month to think about how to drive the business youre in rather than just merely service it.

Twelve Things IT Managers Should Resolve to Do - Take a Day

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