There’s nothing like getting that first big win under your belt. Particularly in the high profile world of football management, where fans (and boards) expect instant results with each new appointment.

Similarly with the introduction of a new CIO into a business. “Hitting the ground running”, and delivering quick wins has become a standard expectation. And with expectations come implications: CIOs have one of the shortest tenures of anybody in the C-suite.

Making the right decisions

A key challenge facing any new manager or CIO is implementing a long-term vision for how the organization will play, without “losing the crowd” in the short-term.

Such concerns can appear to limit the CIO’s choice to one of three approaches:

  • Focus immediately on quick wins to build credibility – before looking to address longer-term requirements
  • Build a solid foundation before buying in new systems to ensure robust processes are in place and working
  • Do the above two simultaneously

The reality is that the luxury of choice rarely exists in a hypercompetitive world. Any new CIO will need to do everything simultaneously, whilst also showing regular evidence of the effectiveness of his or her approach.

Finding your quick wins – 3 ideas to get you started

Good news for any new executive: numerous options exist for inspiring improved performance. Quick wins that help demonstrate an ability to get the organization to where it needs to be in the short term – thereby buying time to implement tougher, long-term projects.

Let’s take a look at three of the more standout opportunities.

Quick win #1: Implementing new capabilities

Any new system or application brings with it the promise of doing things smarter, faster, and more efficiently. But for a quick win, it’s important to focus in on the area of productivity.

This inevitably brings us to the topic of the cloud – as those businesses deploying productivity-enhancing cloud services typically grow 19.6% faster than their counterparts who don’t.

Some of the quickest wins in cloud involve:

  • VM hosting – moving virtual machines into the cloud to help deliver simplified access to corporate computing resources in resilient, hosted data centers. Additionally, it allows for elastic IT resources that can scale without additional CAPEX.
  • Disaster recovery – by moving disaster recovery into the cloud, the CIO can report infinite failover capacity that’s cheaper to implement and run than a smaller, on-site equivalent.
  • Backup – systems hosted in the cloud need effective backup. Employing Backup-as-a-Service enables you to keep your off-site data as well protected as that held in your on-site data center.
  • Development agility – using cloud services to deploy test systems reduces time-to-market. This can be a big win, with instant scalability on hand – alongside the “pay only for what you use” financial model.

Quick win #2: Get license smart

As we’ve detailed in a previous article on software negotiation, there are many benefits to making data-driven decisions on your licensing estate. First and foremost is the value of understanding exactly what’s available:

  • Identify immediate cost savings by analyzing actual usage patterns – to inform licensing and support (re)negotiations if certain products are being under or overused.
  • Re-purpose all the shelfware you’ll uncover – to meet the list of new business requirements reaching the desk of the CIO without having to spend on new licenses.
  • Review current and planned IT investments – to ensure the proposals stack up in terms of likely usage and the existing infrastructure.

Quick win #3: Stimulate closer working practices

So much progress today is based on the flow of ideas and information across an organization. No matter how complex the structure, no department or function can afford to exist in isolation if growth is going to be consistently achieved.

For the CIO that means making sure all the necessary collaborative platforms are available and fully supported (and that they’re reliable and robust enough to do the job).

This could be the biggest ‘game changer’, and the fastest way to speed up decision-making, stimulate new ideas, and empower remotely connected teams.

Develop that winning habit

Quick wins help because they convey the right sense of competency and practical application. When done in the right areas, they also show that you understand the importance of prioritization.

So when shaping your game plan, and agreeing on the right tactics and strategy, it always helps to have expert advice on call. From our Software Asset Management solutions, to helping you deliver a smooth cloud migration, COMPAREX can support you every step of the way.


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