I was recently inspired by a blogpost from John Fallon on education where he wrote:
Efficacy is a deceptively simple but incredibly powerful idea – that every product we sell should be measured and judged by the learning outcomes it helps to achieve.
Historically, governments put all the focus on measuring inputs into education; class sizes, spending levels, a laptop per child. That’s changing, but we still need to put an even greater focus on what these inputs produce; for example, what percentage of young people leaving school are able to read and write sufficiently for a career or college?
If I were to make this a decree for IT Efficacy in 2016, it would read:
IT Efficacy is a simply and powerful idea – that every IT service we deliver should be measured and judged by the value outcomes it provides.
We should no longer measure IT based on the budget, the number of servers or the complexity of code. We must instead place even greater focus on the value that these inputs produce; for example, what percentage of our IT users work smarter and faster thanks to the IT services we provide?
What’s your IT decree for 2016? How do we keep making IT better – more efficient, more effective?
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