Maximising ROI from IT Program Management

Companies decide to outsource IT Program Management, for many reasons.  There are several challenges in doing in in-house. Also, the in-house IT team seldom has the time to perform these activities, independently. Moreover they may not have the expertise, either. Companies have learnt it the hard way and that too after investing huge money that outsourcing IT program Management is the best solution. It also saves them lot of money and time.

Companies outsource this activity, due to an important reason. They are not able to handle IT Project Management challenges with their in-house IT team. Investments in IT Project related activities do not yield the necessary results, if project management activities are handled independently by the in-house IT team. It is not only about time and money. Sometimes, they are not able to handle the activities, due to issues beyond their control, for instance, downtime. Companies have two options regarding IT Project Management. Either outsource or handle it in-house. The initial costs may be high for outsourcing, but the returns are worth it. On the other hand, in the in-house option, the returns are not certain, though investments are quite low.

There is another important selection criterion in choosing an outsourcing partner, namely flexible approach. System integrators are not flexible in their approach, while a majority of outsourcing providers adopts a flexible approach. The availability of project managers on full and part time basis is a key aspect of flexibility. The Project managers should be available both on a full-time and part time basis, as demanded by the company. Besides, they should also be accredited in project management and as well as posses industry-standard qualifications. There are some certifications that are well recogonised in the industry. These certifications are PRINCE2™, PMP, PMBOK and MSP.

IT Program Management and IT Project Management are some of the areas of expertise for an IT supplier….

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