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5 Tips to Sell Senior Management on Your IT Projects

Having worked with IT professionals like yourself for years, we've basically heard it all – your ups, downs, your challenges, failures and, our favorite, your successes.

One recurring theme is all the great stuff you're doing that nobody notices. The old "no news is good news" dilemma. It's always the hiccups that get attention. Smoothly running new apps not so much.

And, because of that, it can be a lot harder to get buy in from senior management for all the great stuff you want (and need) to do.

As IT specialists ourselves, we get it. But we also know that there are ways to turn it around. The key is to sell your ideas, projects, and your department to the folks in a position to support them (and approve your budget).

Since you're an IT guru, not a salesperson, here are some tips:

  1. Leave all the acronyms and tech speak outside the door. That doesn’t mean to talk down to them, rather use the whole words, not the shortcut terms you use with the team.

  2. Keep on topic. You probably know that it doesn’t take much for a meeting about a project, to morph into a “we need this” or “we have this problem” session. Don’t go there. Either address those issues up front in an organized manner or schedule a separate meeting to discuss them.

  3. Show how the project or new piece of technology benefits them, not you! Paint a picture. Turn those “use cases” into stories. “So, the great thing is that, if you need xyz file, you don’t have wait for John to get it for you. You’re no longer stuck waiting for something you need now. You can log in and instantly pull it up…”

  4. Before you ask for money, show what you are doing to save money.“Some good news. We just renegotiated a contract with (x) that will save us about (x) thousand dollars over the next few months.” Touch on process flow improvement, automation, or tools like a TEM (telecom/technology expense management) that, among other things, help you avoid over-paying invoices.

  5. Finally, give them a glimpse of the future. So, you’re doing this now, but this is where you’re headed. If you’re stoked about what’s coming downstream, chances are they will be too.

​Remember too that time is of the essence. You may have an hour, or you may have 15 minutes. Don't leave without making all your points … and getting what you want!

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About TeleManagement Technologies, Inc.

TeleManagement Technologies, Incorporated (TTI) provides Telecom Expense Management and Call Accounting solutions designed to effectively track, integrate, manage and protect an organization's information technology resources. TTI's TEM solution, WinBill®, has developed a reputation for an impressive ROI, with clients reporting savings of 300% or more! WinCall® Call Accounting tracks all domestic and international locations regardless of PBX type (analog, digital, VoIP) to facilitate internal bill back, identify PBX toll fraud and increase employee productivity. Extensive reporting capabilities are also included for planning purposes. TTI's experienced, responsive support team helps keep CFOs and IT/Telecom departments in total control of their technology expenses.

Since 1987, TTI has been designing software products that provide a better solution to managing corporate technology, inventory, expenses and services. For more information, visit www.telmantec.com.

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