Over the past two decades, technology has advanced exponentially; and because of that burgeoning growth, IT organizations have seen tremendous expansion. As the IT industry continues to evolve, one question becomes more relevant: how does one build an IT organization that is both impactful and lasting?
Flip through any business magazine and you will find article upon article suggesting general guidelines for increasing workplace motivation, perfecting employee performance, and banishing mediocrity; and while this advice is well-meaning, lasting IT organizations need to look deeper and must be founded on the following core principles:
Customer centricity as a strategy reorients the entire business-operating model around the customer; it means understanding the customer’s point of view and respecting the customer’s interest. By doing this, it increases their overall satisfaction—and in the process, business profitability.
IT companies, in particular, need to be deliberate about getting out in front of change or risk being surpassed by advancing technology. And employees—not just the IT team—must be adequately trained on new technology in order to quickly adopt new applications.
A flexible work environment is sometimes dismissed in certain industries with the idea that employees get paid to be physically present. However, employers can create an environment in which flexible work can be successful. This may involve clearly stating goals and objectives relative to flexible schedules, providing the necessary tools and training, and ongoing support and feedback. This type of progressive workplace culture nurtures loyalty to the company—especially in younger employees.
Socially responsible companies have also been shown to develop greater employee pride. Studies have reported increased employee commitment, performance and job satisfaction.
Because the IT industry is constantly evolving, organizations that focus on innovation, customer satisfaction, giving back to their surrounding community, and the productivity and happiness of their greatest asset—their employees, will not only survive, but thrive amid IT’s diverse and ever-changing landscape.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ajay Kaul, managing partner at AgreeYa Solutions, brings over 25 years of experience in sales, staffing, and IT project management for clients throughout the world. As managing partner, Kaul has led AgreeYa through 15 years of success, leading the company in highly competitive and complex markets and driving significant profitable growth. Prior to founding AgreeYa, Kaul was responsible for managing engagements for Deloitte (News - Alert) Consulting, serving private and public sector clients.
ABOUT AGREEYA SOLUTIONS: AgreeYa Solutions is a global provider of software, solutions, and services focused on deploying business-driven, technology-enabled solutions that create next-generation competitive advantages for customers. Headquartered in Folsom, California, AgreeYa is a growing and dynamic organization with 15 offices in 8 countries employing more than 1,100 professionals. Over the past 15 years, AgreeYa has worked with 200+ companies ranging from Fortune 100 firms to small and large businesses, delivering solutions for variety of industries including telecommunications, BFSI, healthcare, high-tech, manufacturing, utility and government. AgreeYa’s software portfolio includes SocialXtend (intranet and enterprise social collaboration), VDIXtend (Desktop-on-Cloud), Onvelop (unified enterprise collaboration and communication suite), and Edvelop (single window collaboration and communication solution for 21st century learning). As part of its solutions and services offering, AgreeYa provides intranet and enterprise collaboration on SharePoint, cloud and infrastructure, enterprise mobility, product engineering, application development and management, independent software testing, and staffing (IT and risk/compliance) solutions. For more information, visit www.agreeya.com.