, UK United Kingdom (PressExposure) November 29, 2007 -- Research from Parity training has revealed startling disconnects between IT and the wider business world which has asked them to raise the question âWhat exactly is an IT Professional?â
Rick Firth, Managing Director of Parity Training [http://www.parity.net/training/] said, âIt has always been assumed that IT Managers should possess relevant technical skills, but we are now asking whether these are always necessary if other more valuable business skills are compromised. We believe that senior IT Professionals must be business people first and have the commercial and management skills to manage teams of people, financial budgets and projects."
The Parity research into what makes a winning project team and the future of ITIL [http://www.parity.net/training/qualificationsandframeworks/itil/] in the boardroom highlights important weaknesses in the necessary skills required to run a business. Both sets of research demonstrate commitment to functional skills i.e. ensuring projects meet business objectives over time and budget, and delivering internal customer satisfaction regardless of the financial impacts.
But, said Firth, âThe average hard nosed CFO is not going to be impressed with achieving objectives at huge, out of budget costs, or indeed have delivery of great internal customer service with no regard to the financial implications."
Organisations have habitually invested in developing technical skills but have often failed to give additional âprofessionalâ skills the same priority. To help organisations do this Parity are making huge changes to the way they sell their IT training [http://www.parity.net/training] services. In addition to launching added value services such as Learning Plus and Parity e-books they intend to completely overhaul their learning portfolio to include IT Governance, Management and Professional skills.
Firth describes what this will mean for the IT Management Profession, âWe are going to focus on upgrading Management skills. Our research during the year has consistently told us that we need to address these skills shortages. This means we will be focusing our delivery strategy at the IT business improvement level. It is a significant change and learning delivery end solutions need to change to meet this challenge. Parity intends to be at the forefront of responding to thisâ.
Parity Group are leaders in IT Service Management and Programme and Project Management training [http://www.parity.net/training/browsecatalogue/projandprogmgt/] and consulting and were one of the original founders of PRINCE (Projects in Controlled Environments).
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