IT portfolios aren’t usually the most exciting thing outside of a few experts within the company. It basically outlines how IT is managed within a company, and it’s used as a foundation to keep departments in the loop for larger corporations. As an IT Portfolio Manager, many people get sucked into “filling in the blanks” of old portfolios, but that means missing out on a great opportunity: Social Media. Here’s how Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other sites can make a portfolio better.
1. Get Input
Those in charge of IT Portfolios probably depend on the same handful of colleagues each year to provide input. That’s great, but what’s LinkedIn for if not connecting with colleagues around the world and even getting their help? Compare portfolios (as long as there’s no sensitive information), and be open to input and watch it flourish. Who said Facebook is just for pictures of the company lunch?
2. Get Inspired
There are groups for everything on social media, including IT Portfolio Managers. Join some of these groups and networks, and seek out other portfolios for a little inspiration. If there’s nothing recent, go ahead and start the thread from scratch. People put a lot of work into these portfolios, and it takes little encouragement to get them to show off a bit.
3. Get Surveys
One thing that makes any IT portfolio stronger is cold, hard facts. It’s possible to conduct surveys to include in the portfolio, whether it’s from IT managing pros or the average user. Questions can be asked about CRMs, the chain of command or anything else that can provide necessary information. There’s no greater survey pool that thousands of Twitter followers–all in under 140 characters.
4. Learn New Techniques
Once a person starts perusing other portfolio images on social media, it’s easy to spot trends or tricks that haven’t been seen before. Tunnel vision is a big issue for everyone, but luckily there’s a cure. Along with getting inspired, people can also learn new techniques to try when looking at other’s portfolios.
5. Spread the Love
Just like an annual report, some portfolios are meant to be shared with the public. However, how many people actually go through the trouble of requesting a portfolio? Make it easy, or even break it down into infographics or video versions that are easy to share. Great software and direction simply has to be enjoyed by all.
If a portfolio is meant to be read, put it where people are reading: Their favorite social media sites.