Though AI, ML, and cybersecurity are in high demand now, senior management does not know how to leverage those for business goals. As a CIO, you made your IT team make several presentations to the top business leaders, but to no avail. Your ideas regarding digital initiatives got lost in technical terms that the leaders did not understand. How can they approve your vision unless they realize the benefits? In this article at the Enterprisers Project, Haim Glickman provides three tips to CIOs and IT teams to help translate technology ideas into business goals.
Linking with Business Goals
Since you and your teams are familiar with the technical terms, your presentations are filled with such knowledge. Unless you clarify that to the business executives, they will reject your ideas. Here’s how you can help IT teams translate ideas into business goals:
Discover the Business Objectives
IT teams and business leaders have the same vision—being the top contender in the market. So, train your team members to use words that any business executive can understand. For instance, you know digital transformation as ‘migrating workloads and data to the cloud, managing hybrid infrastructures, adopting DevOps processes’, etc. For business leaders, sprinkle terms like cost reduction, improved efficiency, and better customer experience.
Align Well With Business
If you can discover your company’s business needs, you can align the IT strategy and projects. That could create a win-win situation for both parties. Prevent talking technicalities with the business leaders if you want to avoid blank stares. Show them how the technology or tool would help them achieve business goals.
Instead of filling your slides and talks with technical terms, use words that business executives can understand, like revenue, cost savings, impact, and so ons. Tools help IT developers be more efficient. Similarly, simple words would help leaders discover the value addition of emerging technologies in achieving business goals.
To view the original article in full, visit the following link: https://enterprisersproject.com/article/2020/10/it-vs-c-suite-how-improve-communications
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