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The Project Sponsor is typically a member of the business community rather than an IT/IS resource. This is important because the lack of business sponsorship is often a contributing cause of systems implementation failure. The Project Sponsor often initiates the effort, serves as project champion, guides the Project Managers in understanding business priorities, and reports status of the implementation to executive leadership. Once an implementation is complete, the Project Sponsor may also serve as "chief evangelist", bringing word of the successful implementation to other areas within the organization. 

Responsibilities

  • Provides the business sponsorship for the project 
  • Champions the project within the business 
  • Initiates the project effort 
  • Guides the Project Managers in understanding business requirements and priorities 
  • Assists in determining the data integration system project scope, time, budget and required resources 
  • Reports status of the implementation to executive leadership

Qualifications/Certifications

  • Has industry vertical knowledge 
  • Ability to work across both business focused and technical focused teams 
  • Ability to demonstrate a vision for success and ensure solutions are properly marketed and integrated into the company landscape 
  • Excellent presentation and verbal communication skills

 

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