TECH BUYER Mar 2017 - IDC Perspective - Doc # US42366417

Creating an Enduring Start-Up Culture in IT

By: Marc StrohleinAdjunct Research Advisor

Abstract

This IDC Perspective is intended to help CIOs identify the attributes of start-ups that matter and are relevant to IT organizations. It contains a review of start-up characteristics, a comparison of start-up and IT organizational differences and how to adapt start-up practices to meet IT needs, and actions needed to attain a start-up-like culture. CIOs sometimes wistfully look at tech start-ups and voice the desire that their IT organizations were more like them. Unfortunately, there is no "magic start-up dust" that will imbue IT organizations with start-up DNA. There are clearly identifiable elements and attributes that collectively form start-up culture and form the basis for an IT organizational transformation.

"CIOs need to recognize that achieving start-up cultures requires a thoughtful, orchestrated and, above all, patient approach driven by the IT leadership team, but using a top-down/bottom-up approach," says Marc Strohlein, adjunct research advisor with IDC's Research Network. "The good news is that most elements of the start-up culture will be appealing to many IT staff members — Who wouldn't want to work for a start-up, but with the security of a larger organization?"


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