I’ve been speaking recently with many business and technology leaders about the state of the state in IT and the need for a total transformation in the way we run IT. There are many factors validating the need for such a transformation, including technology consumerization, digitization of the enterprise, and simply, the rising cost of IT.

These added pressures are causing IT leaders to spend even more time on “run” tasks, concerned with only keeping the lights on. There is a significant difference between “core” and “context” activities or those focusing on the growth initiatives that have a measurable impact on business growth, versus the run activities that detract from hitting key objectives. Unfortunately, IT departments frequently find themselves stuck in the weeds, falling short on the core initiatives within their organization.

To address that challenge and transform the way organizations run IT, here are seven steps to help drive real change.

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