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September - 2007 - issue > Cover Feature

Technolgy foundations for high performance teams

Deepak Visweswaraiah
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Deepak Visweswaraiah
In today’s complex, dynamic, and highly competitive business environment, organizations are increasingly depending on high performance teams to respond to change and significantly impact the business. Companies are also finding that building a high performance team is one thing - sustaining it and repeating its successes are bigger challenges. One thing that is common with all high performance teams is that they are never ‘one time acts.’ The hallmark of such teams is really the ability to repeat successes.

High performance teams are created with the intention of propelling a company to take successful strides. By understanding the business requirements, leveraging existing technology infrastructure, taking sound decisions, and getting the optimal return on investment high performance teams can propel companies to the next level. These teams are not created ‘after the fact’ or to react to a current problem. Instead, the key thing is to always aim at being a step ahead.

One of the key drivers to successful high performance teams is technology infrastructure. Leaders are acutely aware that technology infrastructure, properly harnessed, can lead to high performance in various areas including new market discovery and development, customer response, and even the rapid reconfiguration of fundamental business processes. These can be a company’s key differentiator in the market.

CIO’s from different organizations will tell you about the value that technology infrastructure in different forms such as tools, applications and devices can add to the performance of a team. Executives depend on enterprise systems and other infrastructure to make their teams perform at high levels. High performance teams know how to leverage the tools available and use them to get better quality products to the market quickly at lower costs and through the optimal use of resources.

The other key drivers for successful high performance teams are effective communications, encouraging a culture of self-managed teams, adaptability to change, and a robust strategy and leadership model.

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