IT Guidance Framework
- 1. What exactly IS the Framework?
- 2. How does the Framework benefit senior management?
- 3. What are the primary benefits of the Framework?
- 4. What technology was used to develop the Framework?
- 5. Who developed the Framework?
- 6. What background & skillset is needed to use the Framework?
- 7. Does every association utilize the entire Framework?
- 8. Does our staff at-large have to become experts on the Framework?
- 9. What if we don’t have time to use the Framework on our own?
- 10. Is the Framework designed for small or large associations?
- 11. Why do we need a Framework?
- 12. If we use the Framework, what is ISCG’s role in the project?
- 13. Why did ISCG develop the IT Guidance Framework?
- 14. Will it help us with implementation-only efforts?
- 15. Are there other frameworks available for associations?
- 16. Do the templates contain actionable content?
- 17. Will it help us set realistic expectations?
- 18. Does the Framework clash with the vendor's methodology?
- 19. Does the Framework replace the consultant?
- 20. Will the Framework help with an IT Assessment?
11. Why do we need a Framework?
Shouldn’t engaging a consultant get us the same result?
Consulting is our business, so naturally we believe there are many benefits an objective, independent consultant brings to the table. However, there are problems relying on consultants as your sole solution. When the consultant’s work is done, much of the knowledge they gained about your business goes with them, leaving your staff unable to fully leverage the efforts they provided. It is difficult to replicate the consultant’s methodology on future projects without re-engaging the consultant, requiring another investment in consulting fees.
We believe the real value provided by a consultant lies in leading you through the use of the Framework, and using the Framework’s tools and guidance to achieve a successful project outcome. But you cannot expect to replace the Framework with a consultant – you would not get the depth or breadth of guidance that the Framework provides without a significant investment in consulting fees.
The Framework provides a wealth of knowledge and expertise gained over 32 years working on association IT implementations. You can choose to use that knowledge base and undertake certain tasks yourself, and have ISCG perform other tasks that you do not have time to do on your own. This allows you to make much better use of the consultant’s time, since your investment in consulting fees can be limited to those areas that give you the best return.
The Framework ensures that all of the best practices are followed in a consistent manner, and that nothing gets overlooked. The Framework is a valuable project management tool that can be used to guide any IT project, not just your current AMS, LMS, or Website initiative.