"The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves."
- Ray Kroc
A corporate standard is an established norm or requirement with respect to business systems and solutions. It is a formal document that establishes uniform methods, processes and practices. It provides a way of doing something consistently within the company that conforms with current industry best practices. Examples of a corporate standard include: employee identity management, location and system accessibility, or enterprise content management.
- Business requirements analysis and documentation
- Industry best practices and capability review
- Corporate standard document
- Consultative sessions with stakeholders
- Communication plan and training materials
When corporate initiatives do not have corporate standards to adhere to then decisions are left to designers and/or implementation personnel and results can be unpredictable. Without standards, vendor interractions often result in the client purchasing what the vendor wants to sell rather than the client dictating the minimum acceptable standards for something.
Having a corporate standard ensures that everybody in your organization, as well as those organizations you are doing business with, are all on the same page. Everybody understands the expectations from a compliance standpoint. The overall result is a reduction in repeated meetings to discuss the same topics, solutions that do not conform to business needs and have to be changed, and arguments over what features and functionality are required.
- Needs analysis; identifying if a corporate standard exists, if so, if the standard is current with industry best practices
- Researching and understanding the current “state of the art” for the business function in question
- Creation of a standard that incorporates the needs of the business combined with industry best practices
- Consultative sessions with stakeholders and business owners to ensure compliance with requirements
- Communication with stakeholders or “consumers” of the standard to ensure understanding and compliance.
Download the Corporate Standards PDF for more information.