In an alliance effort, IT can add value by partnering with the business area to become involved as early as possible in negotiations. A successful alliance will be more likely if IT takes the time to carefully plan up front, and then communicate broadly as soon as possible in the alliance effort. IT should also pay attention to the subtle cultural differences within and between the two organizations. Related problems are likely to arise and must be managed or they will create difficulty as the project moves forward.

Strategic alliances are here to stay and will continue to occur, both horizontally and vertically. It is critical for IT to change the business area's perception of the function from that of a necessary evil and expense, to one of a partnership that can add significant value. IT can be valuable in helping the alliance get started and implemented faster, and with a higher degree of quality. This translates into a strategic advantage for the company.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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