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Measuring Business Maturity

Results from the 2016 IT Business Partner Survey

Baxter Thompson Ltd, Jon Baxter
March 2017

In 2016, we carried out a survey of UK based IT Business Partnering professionals (or Business Relationship Management professionals) to assess the state of IT business partnering. The results show a snapshot of the companies in which IT business partner professionals work, and go some way to a better understanding of how IT business partnering is being used to develop organisations effectively or otherwise. The survey measures the degree to which IT Business Partnering is embedded in the culture and…

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Opportunities in IT Capability

Results and findings from our 2016 IT Business Partner Survey

Baxter Thompson Ltd, Jon Baxter
February 2017

Our UK IT Business Partner Survey has highlighted a weak area in IT Capability – Ensure Benefits Delivery. The term Ensure Benefits Delivery is taken from the COBIT 5 capability model that we use in our diagnostic.. After surveying 63 IT Business Partners on ten capabilities that are most heavily impacted by the role of IT Business Partner, we found that there was some variance on how each of the IT capabilities were effective in organisations. Strengths in IT Capability…

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The Rise and Fall of IT Business Partnering?

Baxter Thompson Ltd, Jon Baxter
August 2016

There has been a significant increase in advertised roles over two years as more IT functions realise the importance of the IT BRM/BP department in allowing IT to become less of a cost centre and more of a strategic partner. The importance of this shift can be backed up by various reports, such as from McKinsey: http://bit.ly/2b67Fdv . We're working with James O'Driscoll of Certes Computing to investigate further and what we have also seen is the introduction and subsequent…

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