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Raising the visibility of IT and Network Operations

Level 12

One of the things that I tend to talk alot about is how to raise the visibility of the IT and network engineering groups within your organization. If you get this right, not only will your job get easier but you'll find that getting budget approved for projects, staffing, and even pay raises takes a lot less effort.

Calvin Sun over at Tech Republic makes some great points in his recent blog post on this same subject and with the financial crisis that is occurring right now there couldn't be a better time to start thinking about how to raise your visibility within your organization.

Tomorrow I'm going to be speaking on this topic at the Austin Tech and Job Expo. Specifically, I'm going to highlight some cool new technology (like Cisco EnergyWise and Virtualization) that can significantly reduce your companies expenses. The presentation starts at 2:15. If you're going to be in Austin tomorrow stop by and see me.

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Level 15

It still an evolving concept to have IT considered more of a line position rather than a staff position.  What we do is so critically intertwined into every business area that the paradigm needs to shift.

Level 21

Agreed.  I'm still working to show that IT is a department that brings income in, instead of being treated as a liability or necessary evil.