IF4IT: Best Practices for Information and Technology Management (ITM) leads to better IT leaders.
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Who we are: We're an IT Industry Best Practices Association
The International Foundation for Information Technology (IF4IT) is a global industry best practices association that promotes the interests and career development of practitioners, educators, and students who wish to extend their knowledge and understanding of IT operations, management, and leadership.
What we do: We build more promotable IT Leaders
Very simply, we use highly repeatable and established industry best practices to build very knowledgeable and competent IT leaders, managers, and operators who, in turn, build and operate more efficient and effective IT organizations for you and your business.
The value to you: Stronger IT staff leads to far more productive IT Organizations
Having stronger IT leaders, managers, and operators in your organization, who don't make things up and who leverage industry best practices, leads to stronger IT organizations that serve your business. This translates to lower IT costs, quicker delivery of IT solutions, and higher quality of outcomes. It also means that it's easier to find skilled resources who speak your organizational language, minimizing onboarding time of new resources.
How we do it: It's all based on a Blueprint for Information and Technology Management (ITM)
We use and provide a highly repeatable Information and Technology Management Blueprint, the most comprehensive in the industry, that acts as a framework or reference architecture for education. We educate and certify, both, across the blueprint (IT Leadership Track) and within the blueprint (IT Managers and Operator Specialization Track). The ITM Blueprint acts as a means of structuring, conveying, and simplifying the Business of Information and Technology Management (ITM), which is something that's rarely taught to most technologists (at least not in an efficient, effective, and highly repeatable manner).
Why we do it: Because finding qualified IT leaders is very difficult
Talk with any experienced IT leader (CIO, CTO, Director of IT, etc.) and you'll hear the same message: "It's extremely difficult to find good people who truly understand how to effectively and efficiently design, build, operate, manage, and lead the kind of IT organizations that make the businesses that fund them happy." It's easy to find good technologists (e.g. Application/Software Developers, Engineers, etc.) but it's not so easy to find good resources who are knowledgeable in the Business of Information and Technology Management (ITM).
Who cares: You and those who fund you do
Next steps: Explore IF4IT Offerings