Your association depends on technology. Someone has to manage that technology, its strategy, its operations, its dependencies, and its day-to-day. You may have a CIO, either in-house if you are a larger organization, or an outsourced virtual CIO such as Cimatri can provide.
But let’s take it a step further. Who else is in your IT corner? And what exactly is your IT organizational structure?
Chances are your organization may fall into one of these situations:
Taking a look at your IT organizational structure is part of the bigger IT strategy picture and should be part of a solid technology assessment.
Discovery here involves questions like:
A review of your IT organizational structure gives you the reassurance that you are making the best possible use of the people you have on staff, their skills and abilities, and assigning them the correct job functions. It may also lead to considering an IT organizational restructure.
However, let’s not rush ahead and assume that will solve all our problems. Info-Tech Research reports that 60% of organizations have attempted to make an IT organizational redesign in the last 2 years--- and 77% of those org designs have failed.
Understanding and following research-driven best practices for structuring your IT team make a difference in the outcome. And putting those best practices into action--- not just a strategy plan on paper that never becomes reality--- is key.
Some actionable best practices for building a strategic and effective IT team include:
Given the current environment in the association world, now is a very good time to consider whether you have the right technology and that the people assigned to manage that technology have the skills and ability to do so successfully. Setting up your IT team to be successful allows them to do their best job supporting and promoting the association’s mission.
Browse our IT strategy guide to learn more about how you can align your technology strategy and organization with your larger business vision.