Gartner: How to get ahead in 2003
It's been a tough couple of years for IT professionals. Spending is down,
positions have been cut and projects are outsourced overseas all in an effort to
cut costs during difficult times. With that in mind, a group of Gartner Inc.
analysts began 2003 with a list of eight resolutions that can help IT personnel
of all ranks keep their careers on track.
In 2003, the IT career blueprint has clearly become business-focused as top
management is looking hard to determine the business value of IT when costs must
be kept in check.
Gartner Vice President and Research Director Diane Morello contends that
focusing only on technology will put IT development personnel at some risk
through 2003. Corporate executives will seek out and promote only those IT
managers who demonstrate a clear knowledge of technology that can then be used
to help the company achieve its business goals, she said.
The eight 2003 resolutions are as follows:
1) IT managers and workers
should take inventory of their technology and business knowledge, and should be
honest about weaknesses.
2) Learn about the key drivers of the company's business. Build awareness by
examining corporate press releases, annual reports and public statements. Become
a business knowledge liaison to executives.
3) Identify required services and help to implement them in the effort to
drive the success of the business. Integration, process insight and versatility
are watchwords for 2003.
4) Become an ''evergreen'' professional. Pursue emerging and enduring
knowledge, competencies and experiences to keep up with constant changes in
technology and business. Stay aligned with the strategic road map of your
5) Seek leadership opportunities and accountability. Reach out to business
units. Mergers and acquisitions, consolidation and globalization will increase
the number of projects and internal initiatives.
6) Strengthen knowledge of business principles and know-how to enhance your
career and increase your credibility in business units.
7) Get connected with and network with IT project leaders and champions.
8) Find new value in prior IT investments. Revisit the applications and
technologies that have been deployed and re-apply functions and features.
Completing this resolution depends on newfound knowledge of business processes,
customer markets and financial goals.
Mike Bucken is former Editor-in-Chief of Application Development Trends magazine.