Building a solid technology foundation enables transformation
As IT professionals, we need to be ahead of the game in terms of establishing and maintaining the capabilities of our technology foundation. This means being smart about understanding the business and staying ahead of its needs.
In more than 35 years of experience in healthcare IT, I have learned the importance of building a solid technology foundation. Much like setting the foundation of a house or a large building, one needs to plan and implement a structural foundation that is robust enough for day one requirements but scalable and extensible enough to support long term stability and future needs.
This is a complicated goal in a business where capital budgets are finite and you are competing for dollars against projects that are seen to grow the business or be transformative. However, the ability to design and implement a technology infrastructure that can support future requirements can actually enable your organization to make investments that are competitive differentiators.
The trick here is telling the story and selling the investments to your key executives in advance of the actual need.
In our business, you have missed the boat if the operational folks have identified a transformational initiative that can’t be supported with the existing technology architecture. The time and money that it will take to overhaul the foundation in advance of the transformational activity will often seal its fate.
As IT professionals and leaders, we need to be ahead of the game in terms of establishing and maintaining