As I divulged last month, I am a football fanatic. I recently took my annual fall road trip to the mecca of college football – The University of Notre Dame.
Whether you’re a Fighting Irish fan or not, you have to recognize the University of Notre Dame football program is steeped in tradition. It has won an impressive 11 National Championships. Notre Dame also has the most individual Heisman Trophy winners at seven. And it is represented by 48 players and coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame, the most of any university.
But for those of you who aren’t football or sport stats buffs, Notre Dame is also well-known for its superior game-day traditions that appeal to the masses. Most importantly – tailgating.
Surrounded by throngs of football fans, tailgating has taken on a life of its own on game day in South Bend. In the process, it’s become synonymous with the college football game-day experience. For some, tailgating has become as integral to the day as the game itself. With the right preparation, it can also be just as much fun.
As I started the robust planning and packing of my Jeep to prepare for the tailgate, I took inventory of the “musts” that go into the planning of a success football tailgate.
All this planning, and the four-hour car trip to South Bend, led me think about the “musts” for planning a new and successful technology implementation at financial institutions.
Whether you’re rolling out an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solution, taking on a new core banking platform, or implementing an eSignature solution, you will need to go through the right steps to ensure success. Just like planning the perfect football tailgate, others depend on you and your preparation to ensure that the venture is a success – regardless of the technology being implemented or the teams facing off on the field.
That’s how you play like a champion.
[This post originally appeared on the Hyland blog and is republished with permission.]
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