Silos Not Exclusive to Organizations

When we think of silos — the information kind, not the structures for storing bulk materials) — the first thing we think about are the companies we work in. Especially if they are large operations. But we all have seen examples of the silo effect outside the corporation: in our government systems, in our schools, in our neighborhoods, even in our families.

As a relatively young discipline, the Marketing Operations (MO) profession suffers from the same silo effect  that enterprises do. One of the reasons for creating the Marketing Operations Future Forum, which is focused on co-creating the future of the Marketing Operations field, is to enroll and align MO practitioners to address this challenge — in an integrated, synchronized manner.

Examples: Point marketing automation solutions. Superstar or paratrooper individual contribution. A disparate approach to addressing customer needs — whether we are employees, solution providers or independent consultants.

The maturity of the MO field has a lot to do with this. But so does the cowboy-like belief that we – or our solutions – can be all things to all people. A scarcity view of the world and a lack of insight into what we – or our solutions – are really good at underlies the problem.

We need to unlearn this lone wolf type of behavior. If we don’t, we contribute to buyer confusion (if everyone says they are competent at everything, who do you hire or buy from?). We hurt our reputations and ability to attract the type of work we are best at. And we block a potential good match between buyers and sellers.

We’re got to get over this fear that there isn’t enough to go around and focus on aligning together to grow the pie. We need to think abundance.

This field of Marketing Operations has tremendous potential, which will only be realized if we align with one another, trust the process and one another, and each contribute our unique gift to make this field a powerful force that mobilizes our companies and clients to act, rather than find yet another excuse to stay paralyzed.

by Gary M. Katz, Chairman & Chief Strategy Officer at Marketing Operations Partners

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Gary was 1st to create a consultancy dedicated to MO (Marketing Operations Partners), 1st to publish an article on marketing operations (7 Deadly Sins of Marketing), and 1st to create a college course on MO (UC Santa Cruz Extension), 1st to teach a professional symposium on MO (Hong Kong), 1st to conduct a benchmarking study of marketing operations practices (Journey to Marketing Operations Maturity). See more at

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