The information technology team within most organisations is critical to long-term success. It houses critical data, drives the analytical capabilities of other departments and plays a crucial role in the communication network of the company. Yet time and again it faces the challenge of budget reductions in a manner that seems both short-sighted and unfair.
Often, the biggest challenge IT departments face during budget reviews is proving their value to the bottom line of their company. One novel and underused technique for doing this is for IT to do this, is to prove that it is vital to the success of the organisation’s mission. Yet, mission statements are a paradox: They are the most popular management tool of the past 25 years and yet they are often the least respected.
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