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You can’t spell STRATEGIC without IT
12/16/2014
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Steven McKissick

I have done some recent blogs on CRE Strategy, particularly the importance and value of a well-defined strategy aligning a CRE organization to the overall corporate strategy. One of the critical aspects of that strategy is the Information Technology (IT) factor. Understanding, aligning, and inevitably leveraging the corporate IT strategy is key for CRE organizations going forward.

Normally, we work with clients who are using a technology solution or number of solutions that were originally implemented to address a specific tactical need with little or no focus on data management, integration with other CRE solutions, or integration with other corporate solutions. The lack of integration or interoperability between these solutions has created a challenging environment you might be familiar with. CRE organizations end up working with heavily customized applications and create manual processes to piece together and compile data. Too many times, CRE organizations operate in an environment where data management has little effectiveness, efficiency, and lacks integrity.

Your IT group will not care if your organization outsources a single provider, multiple providers, a mix of sourcing, or insources the entire operation. What the IT group will care about is data management, security, access requirements, and what solutions need to integrate. Leveraging the IT group for application and technical support will improve how your data is managed. Your technology solution should enable and efficiently provide you the data required to proactively support the corporation.

Finally, I encourage a strong partnership between CRE and Enterprise IT. Improve your internally focused solution choices within CRE applications by leveraging the Enterprise IT knowledge and overall enterprise’s direction. 

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