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If you had a magic wand - what's the #1 daily business challenge you'd eliminate?

Without a doubt - Technical Debt! It's a ball and chain that creates an ever increasing drag on any organization, stifles innovation, and prevents transformation.

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Without a doubt - Technical Debt! It's a ball and chain that creates an ever increasing drag on any organization, stifles innovation, and prevents transformation.
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Legacy systems and non-technical people overseeing a system.
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Users!
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Security vulnerabilities
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Users. Hands down. I would get everyone off my network. It would work perfectly.
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Office politics, useless meetings and negative people
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Staff reduction targets.
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Legacy systems and integration:-)
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long meetings
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User complains...
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Endless meetings
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Legacy tools and systems. Like Steve Ballmer said once ‘the IT industry deals with a 10 year view like all businesses. We look 3 years ahead and 7 years behind’. So if I could magically remove the legacy - we could progress without chains.
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Change customer customization from coding to settings with an internal tool.
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Data modernization issues. Wish I could wave a wand and everything would be fixed, not siloed and modernized.
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Emails!! Followed by Tech debt and improving security posture.
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The word URGENT... Also, I agree on technical debt.
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Politics
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Passwords!
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Poor scheduling (constant back to back meetings).
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Passwords
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Bad leadership
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threat of ransomware
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end users
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Too many useless meetings with far too many "meeting tourists"; total drain on productivity and morale
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Poor people leaders in senior management and executive roles!
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Elimination of Business middlemen - people who wear costly suits and good English but no real value to add and IT systems who try to replicate them. In Business terms they are called aggregators. It so stifles the innovation pyramid
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I'd eliminate the concept, or maybe a mental block that refactoring/SRE requires massive investment, change starts with incremental steps.  To your point @Andrew Kagan, agree with you, my second choice, this would be a precursor for addressing some of the technical debt.
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Incompetence, and the one that knows it all but never contribute/produce anything, always pointing out problems, but will never come up with a solution.
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The answered “Users” is consistent across the board.  Maybe then the question is: What are you doing to create the users you want?
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Hackers, they keep me up at night knowing it's a matter of when and are our measures strong enough to combat whatever incident we are thrown into. Incident Management has become a priority during the Pandemic.
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Outdated systems and technologies
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Ego driven decision blocking - where progress (and productivity) is held up because one party doesn't feel they'll get enough credit.
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Complexity of processes created by legacy technology environments.  Make it simple and keep it simple.
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Poorly run/unproductive meetings/collaboration time, right across the whole business.  Oh how I wish, imagine the possibilities!
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Get proper user requirements for the IT projects/issues and reduce security concerns in the system.
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Users mindset around business processes ! Many think the only way business operation works is the only way they do it now.
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Ego and people who create fear in the workplace. Psychological safety is proved to be the #1 thing for developing high performing teams.
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bureaucracy
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cultural inertia.
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Security issues and overhead debt
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Having co-workers take on responsibilities that they can complete even though they do not directly fall under their umbrella.
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email
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Not collaborative behaviours. Most of the companies have great people, the real challenge is having them collaborating.
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As  said  Political Dilemmas at Corporate   How to Maintain Our Integrity and Further Our Career
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washing my gym kit
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The entire C-suite’s understanding of the real risks of technical debt so it is NEVER a business case that is needed to simply run the business
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Definitely Covid 😅
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Meetings - excessive meetings with no purpose or goal!
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Traffic
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Promotions based on office politics rather than knowledge leading to having managers unable to properly lead
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the word “can’t”
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Resistance to business modernization
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Security threats
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Those on the C-Suite that think they understand technology and make decisions without consulting those who understand it.
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Shadow IT. Too often functional groups attempt to 'solution' their technical needs. We are slowly transforming out organization and aligning on discussing business needs with the IT team and allowing us to provide a solution.
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Technical debt
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The lack of documentation (or lack of up-to-date) that has accumulated, as a result (and likely contributing factor) of people leaving or changing roles.  This is a huge root cause of other things like technical debt or blockers on issues.  A system that has worked relatively well for the last decade but was set up and maintained by someone who left 4 years ago ends up being a huge problem when half the processes aren't documented anywhere or they were last updated 7 years ago.
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Upstream vendor security failures - they are momentum and morale killers for IT and Engineering teams and getting more frequent every month.
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Lack of accountability. If people were held accountable for their decisions then they might be more apt to consult the experts when making them.
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The desperation for Velocity rather than quality. The philosophy that it is ok to get an 80% (usually skipping the security tests and fixing) ready product out of the door in 20% of the time than spend the required time to get a 99% ready product albeit a little slower. All that time and cost is lost in fixing issues anyway!
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Insider threat
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Inorganic growth. Would love for clean slate to start over for some stuff.
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Having co-workers take on responsibilities that do not directly fall under their realm, especially if they have ability to complete them.
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My magic wand would eliminate phishing & malware threats!!
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Inequality-underemployed positions, roles, & titles for qualified talent, and pay.
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Inconsistent WiFi access - worldwide.
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I’d love to address my challenges with performance and buy in from employees. Too many seem to think they don’t have agency or the skills or ideas and I have to think for everyone. Luckily I have a few who are stellar performers, and they tackle tech debt like crazy. We don’t fear decommissioning.
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The constant reinvention of the wheel instead of developing templates and best practices... and the chaos of Google Drive which prevents their orderly storage.
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Trying to keep ahead of new technology coming out so fast. It can be overwhelming at times when so much new technology hits the market at the same time
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Lack of funds
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information overload
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If I had a magic wand and remove the #1 daily challenge it would be to remove security threats. Threats take up time which also unnecessary meeting which takes up time, and employee burnout.
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Paperwork
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Implement a security solution that blocks all intrusions without impacting normal business usage of IT systems/resources.
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Cybersecurity headaches
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Virtual Currency challenges
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User requirements wouldn’t change after budget is approved and project starts
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Everyone in the business knows what's important and how they can contribute to the bigger outcomes.
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It was the legacy mindset , then parts of the business leaped forward with shadow it , now smart IT is pushing back with ‘shadow business’ .
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Risk
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Number one daily business challenge I would like to eliminate has to be related to the disconnect that normally exist between business and IT in overall communication, planning, and execution. Far too many times business operates off one agenda, budget, and timeline constraints, while IT operates off another. The priorities quickly become misaligned and this leads to frustration on all sides. Both parties are absolutely essential for the success of any company or organization and both have valid points of view that are domain specific, unique, and are essential to the overall success and viability of the organization.  The ability to communicate and collaborate/elaborate effectively from the business and IT perspective early in the planning process, helps alleviate natural tensions.  Properly identifying what is required and what is achievable is always a constant struggle.  However if each side understands the legitimate and unique challenges from both perspectives, it is much easier to maintain a symbiotic balance. There will always be and has to be give and take on both sides. No side is going to win 100% of the time.  However, if IT understands the what, when, and why of the business goals and plans and business understands upfront the challenges (technical, resource, and budgetary constraints) related to the overall execution  in an open, honest, and reflective manner, success becomes more more measurable and obtainable.  Business and IT must work as a team, but each brings its own unique set of challenges to the table. Communicating effectively those unique challenges can make the overall picture much clearer than a simple vignette.
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The number one daily business challenge that I would eliminate is the need to constantly generate new leads.
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Have people assist in items they may not have direct responsibility for but have the expertise to help move things forward.
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Bugs
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Email
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Slow connection speeds!
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Playing the budget jockeying game: getting sponsors, capitalizing or expensing, moving around cost centers
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Lack of resiliency... things break coz they are meant to - I'd like the systems to recover on their own gracefully with low/zero human intervention.
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Paperwork... the need to have PO for every purchase, all the documents that you need to sign...
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Talent Retention 
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Hiring challenges
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If it is ever possible, I would eliminate a lack of trust between business and technical communities, trying to second-guess each other's intentions and telling each other how to "better" do their jobs. 
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business expensing. It shouldn't even be a thing in this age
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Gap in communication and perception that time is running out. New Tickets are raised when someone is already working on the base issue. Support is dealing with comms as well as resolution. Users call to check what’s happening, expecting updates by the minute. How can one say how long a resolution would take unless they manage to troubleshoot the issue.
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Eliminate bureaucracy in making strategic business decisions.
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I would replace all old and legacy business applications with new secure apps.
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Patch Management - which reduces vulnerabilities, avoids technical debt, and overall risk to the organization.
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