In today's world many challenges rise from the miscommunication between the Business and the Service Provider (i.e. IT). In many organizations, those two entities are seen as rivals rather than partners. The BRM sits between the Business and the Service Provider to help ensure convergence of business values, priorities, timely escalations, and powerful communications deliveries. The BRM role focuses on the business customer and realized business value. BRM competencies can be leveraged through organizational roles, a discipline, and an organizational capability.
The BRM Discipline rests on solid research-based foundations verified and enhanced over a decade of successful implementations in leading organizations around the world. Proven to be equally effective for shared services including Human Resources, Finance, Legal, external service providers and others, BRM practices have enjoyed widespread adaption in IT. The BRM organizational Role is a crucial link between a service provider and the business. In practice, the titles used by BRMs vary considerably (e.g. Business Partner, Account Manager, Consultant, Business Unit Manager, and Business Integration Manager). Building a BRM organizational capability goes well beyond just defining the BRM role and placing individuals in that role. The growing global importance of Business Relationship Management as a role, discipline and organizational capability is due to the shift from Provider ( i.e. IT department) as a commodity/order taker to a business strategic partner, as there is an increasing business demand for innovation and agility.
Svetlana Sidenko is the President of IT Chapter, a Montreal-based company, which specializes in IT consulting and IT Best Practices training, which she co-founded in 2003.