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A Sysadmin's Guide to Navigating the Business World by Mark Burgess, Carolyn Rowland

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6. Some Hints and Tips

In this chapter we suggest ways in which you as an individual can contribute to a business alignment strategy.

6.1 How to Approach Business Leaders

There may be many levels between IT implementers and the CIO who sets policy and budget. If that is the case, then it may not seem possible to build a relationship with relevant business leaders directly.

How to get started:

  • Engage through the chain of command, as you need to maintain that relationship.

  • Try to sell your direct supervisor on the idea of engaging business leaders to discuss how IT can be more effective to the business. By including him or her in a constructive project, you will make your supervisor look good, too.

  • Using the communication chapter as a guide, ...

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