IT Leaders Need to Shift to a Collaborative Approach in 2022, Says Info-Tech Research Group’s New Application Priorities Report
TORONTO, May 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – Info-Tech Research Group has released its annual report on critical priorities for application managers to consider moving forward. The Applications Priorities 2022 report combines insights from Info-Tech’s proprietary data and other related industry diagnostics that the research firm performs with its members throughout the year. This new report explores how, by increasing maturity and efficiency, IT staff can spend more time on value-added activities.
IT departments routinely have a greater workload than their capacity allows in the limited hours of a working day, leading IT teams to feel understaffed and unsure of how best to balance their many projects. Trying to satisfy all incoming requests gives users and stakeholders a small slice of the pie and adds to dissatisfaction with IT. Prioritization is a complicated process, and by saying “yes” to one request, he can also say “no” to a multitude of others.
“We’re seeing an interesting trend in the questions our members ask,” says research manager Robert Fayle. “Organizations go from ‘how can I do this?’ to ‘why should I do this?’ This is a big shift as organizations mature and move away from “fighting fires” to focus on creating strategic value.The Applications Priorities 2022 report examines important IT trends and priorities from it so that application owners can focus on more strategic activities.
Five priorities of Info-Tech’s 2022 Application Priorities Report:
Info-Tech’s annual application priorities are based on primary data obtained from the company’s 2022 case data, N=3293, and information from its CEO Alignment Diagnostic Program -IOC. This program helps IT leaders gain a comprehensive view of the business from the CEO’s perspective and determine how IT can best support key business priorities. This allows IT to stay on track with the CEO’s vision for the future of the business and to invest in technologies that best meet business needs.
The following top five priorities outlined in Info-Tech’s research should be a priority for IT and application managers:
Integrated Product Delivery, Agile and DevOps Practices – The Digital Delivery Umbrella. Product organizations are expected to continuously deliver ever-changing value to the entire organization. Application managers need to clearly convey direction and strategy for a broad product portfolio to gain alignment, support, and funding from their organizations.
Application Portfolio Management – Application rationalization and modernization. Effective application portfolio management does not happen on its own. This requires assistance with supporting elements such as application maintenance, application management, business architecture, optimized intake, value measurement, and end-user feedback. This will help application managers ensure that their application portfolio provides the best possible return on investment.
Enterprise Application Optimization – Investment Optimization. In today’s connected world, the continuous optimization of enterprise applications to achieve a digital strategy is essential. IT managers must take a proactive approach to continuously monitor and optimize their business applications.
Business Process Automation – Automated processes. As industries evolve and adopt more tools and technologies, their IT operating models become more complex. Process optimization and automation are necessary to simplify complex operations and align processes with organizational goals. IT managers working on digital transformation need to understand that automation is the key to success.
Enterprise Application Replacement – Enterprise-Driven Strategy. Responsibility for the success of enterprise applications is shared between IT and the business. Missteps due to a lack of strategy can cost time as well as financial resources. A business-led initiative supported by senior management in partnership with IT has the best chance of success.
The report provides recommended actions and templates for each of the priorities that IT and application managers can use to explain what they are asking their stakeholders to learn and understand.
The full report is now available. Download and read the full 2022 Application Priorities Report to learn more about each priority.
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