Barriers To Innovation: Is Your IT Department Holding Back?

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a business person thinking about how he can innovate his IT departmentInnovation. It’s more than just new ideas; it’s having the structure and freedom to build them out, and the willingness to risk that putting them into action will bring meaningful, positive change to the company, its customers and the industry. So, would you call your IT department innovative?

Two Significant Barriers To Innovation

If you do not believe your IT department to be innovative and thriving, do you know what’s holding them back? It could be one, or both, of two significant issues:

Time

The CIO Executive Council found that time devoted to day-to-day tasks is the most significant impediment IT departments face when trying to innovate. Whether this is surprising to you or not, the fact is that 63 percent of IT leaders are up against this challenge.

Time is a precious commodity, and we know from experience that many IT departments spend it on tasks that can be easily outsourced or approached differently to free up time for innovative thinking.

Culture Of Innovation

an it department where employees are innovative and rewarded for innovative ideasAre your IT leaders encouraged to look outside their department for new and better ways to grow profitability? Does leadership reward out-of-the-box thinking? Are IT and the business on the same page with respect to the need and desire for innovation? These are hallmarks of an innovative culture. Getting to this point won’t happen overnight, but it will make a significant difference in how IT is viewed within your organization and can have an impact on your top and bottom line.

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