- Omni Commerce Planning Toolkit Released
- Hiring Best Practices
Omni Commerce Strategic Planning Toolkit Released
CIOs are being pushed by the advance of the new multi-platform applications of Omni Commerce and ERP. Janco has updated the IT Infrastructure Strategy and Charter template and added selected products to create the Omni Commerce Strategic Planning Toolkit
Janco Associates has just updated its IT infrastructure Strategy and Charter Template to include a specific section for Omni Commerce and ERP applications. This is bundled with several of Janco's other products to create the Omni Commerce Strategic Planning Toolkit.
The CEO of Janco Associated said, "Over the past several months there has been significant movement by many enterprises to update their infrastructure to operate more effectively in the multi-platform environment of desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Driving this has been the rapid proliferation of BYOD and web centric development of new application approaches. " He added, "SmartPhones and tablets are changing the way the way people and business browse the Internet, shop, provide service and communicate with suppliers, customers and associates. "
The update to the IT infrastructure Strategy and Charter Template addresses critical new strategic and tactical implications being placed on organizations by mobile computing users - both internal and external. This release is part of Janco's continuing effort to create a set of standard 'Best Practices' that organizations can implement to meet the challenges they face as they adjust to the new ways that technology is being utilized by all levels of the organizations its users,
The CEO said, "As the use of personal mobile devices, social networking, and compliance requirements expand, organizations are faced with a dilemma. How can they balance business continuity, security, and compliance needs in an ever more complex operating environment, while supporting increased business demands for more technology by an increasingly more technology literate user base?" He added, "Janco's templates and toolkits with their policies, electronic forms, and job description address those requirements. "
The toolkit addresses infrastructure strategic planning requirements for Omni Commerce and ERP. Included are the top best practices when implementing a world class infrastructure including: business champion, cloud based applications, prototyping, first to market, social media, internal and external users, device independent applications, new web page design concepts, and graphical displays.
The components of the toolkit include the IT Governance Infrastructure, Strategy, and Charter Template; IT Infrastructure Electronic Forms; IT Infrastructure Policies; Enterprise Resource Planning - ERP - Job Description Bundle job descriptions; and 3 months of free update service. The price of the product ranges from $699 to $1,299 with extended update services available at an additional cost.
Hiring Best Practices Hiring is the most critical aspect of a CIO's role.
For a CIO it can be fatal if they hire a new employee that is a mismatch
Background screening is a critical part of the hiring process for the majority of organizations today, but it is even more essential in the current economy for several reasons. eJobDescription.com has found that a shortage of key skills is the number one challenge facing CIOs and IT functions. This may seem counter-intuitive at first given the news of continued high levels of unemployment and a "jobless" economic recovery. However coupled with many discussions with CIOs and HR professionals in end-user organizations, confirms that finding the right talent - the talent with the right mix of skills, behaviors and values to fit with the organization - is still a challenge. In fact, more applicants in the pool makes filtering and screening even more critical to ensure that time isn't lost on applicants who aren't a good fit or who might not be qualified for the position.
Hiring managers understand that a often an individual's capabilities are not necessarily a good fit. Capability refers to the skills, tools and experience that a person needs to successfully perform a job. It is not new information that many applicants exaggerate their abilities on their resumes and job applications. Things to look for are:
- Skills Definition - Good Job Descriptions - Do you know what skills are needed to succeed and whether the employee possesses those skills? If they do not possess the necessary skills, how will the CIO help them to acquire them, and how long will that process to take? It is in everyone's best interest for the CIO to set appropriate expectations for the employee from the beginning. This is especially true if the position requires unique technical capabilities.
- Tools Definition - Good IT Infrastructure - Even if an individual has the skills and experience to do the job, do they have the tools to deliver peak performance? For example, a highly skilled and experienced web designer cannot build a website without adequate computer hardware and software. The tools do not have to be the most up-to-date, but a system that crashes can be incredibly frustrating and unproductive, even to the best performer.
- Experience - Just because an employee has the skills to do a job does not mean that they has the experience to apply those skills in his specific position. This is especially true for recent graduates, outside hires from different industries and internal hires from different departments. While the required skills may be similar from one job to the next, differing applications and terminology may require that the new hire take time to learn the nuances of his new position.