Establishing a New IT Department for Alliance Residential Company

Posted by ConvergeOne on Dec 14, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Alliance Residential Company, one of the largest multifamily housing real estate developers in the United States, needed to rebuild many of its internal corporate support departments, including the IT department, after its sale of its management division.

Sherida Colvin, Senior VP of Associate Engagement/In-House Counsel at Alliance Residential Company, knew that establishing a strong infrastructure would provide the company with the foundation it needed to succeed. However, it quickly became apparent to Sherida that Alliance Residential needed an external resource—and a true partner—to establish a best-in-class IT department and infrastructure.

“We needed a solid foundation to lead this company into the future,” said Sherida. Instead of a “set it and forget” approach to IT, Sherida knew that “in order to be successful, we needed to invest more resources and attention into IT, because otherwise how are we going to communicate effectively? I took this project on because I knew it was so important to have IT systems that are seamless and extremely user friendly so that they can effectively support these extraordinary multifamily projects.”

As the handover to the new organization took place, Alliance Residential placed a high priority on security. Not only did Sherida and her team have to keep a constant watch on security measures, but they also had to manage a brand-new organizational structure in a new corporate environment.

“The work and effort it took to decouple the management division from the remaining development division was significant. It would have almost been better if we were fully starting from scratch, because we were unwinding a whole lot of legacy assets—and trying to do so with limited resources and many different competing priorities on all stakeholders,” recalled Sherida.

Sherida knew that Alliance Residential had to work quickly to build a new, up-to-date infrastructure that would be both user-friendly and secure.

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