The recent Budget highlighted that that we are still in somewhat uncertain economic times, yet it was encouraging to hear the Chancellor George Osbourne talk about making the UK Europe’s technology centre. With this in mind, it is clear now more than ever that organisations need to maximise the value from their IT investments and continue to look to innovate.
In an age where operational efficiency is becoming increasingly important, it surely makes business sense for similar organisations across industry sectors to speak to each other and take a more collaborative approach when it comes to their use of IT. By doing this, organisations can become more efficient, solve common problems and begin to yield greater influence with IT vendors when it comes to future product roadmaps.
Here at the User Group we have seen countless examples of organisations from different industry sectors collaborating to come up with workable, and often, cost-effective solutions. Take for example Yorkshire Water. When it was looking to configure its SAP software so it could offer an employee salary sacrifice scheme, it began speaking to other companies who had looked into the legislation and created their own solutions. As a result, Yorkshire Water was able to come up with a working solution in-house, rather than having to pay for a costly external consultant to help with the work.
Irrespective of your industry sector, user groups can play an important role in fostering collaboration and providing a channel to influence IT vendors at the highest level. So at a time when IT budgets are shrinking but at the same time business demands are on the increase, the term ‘it’s good to talk’ has never been more pertinent.
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