IT Strategy Planning
A well written Information Technology Strategic Plan will pave the way for your company to facilitate its computer changes and implementation. We will assist you to align your computer technology needs within your enterprise with your future business strategies.
Having an Information Technology Strategy that is used by the business and IT can enable both revenue generation and cost reduction.
Unfortunately, most IT shops around the world do not have a clearly understood Information Technology Strategy that drives their budgeting, priorities or actions.
In fact, IT often can become a entity acting on its own, holding the business back with arbitrary or inaccurate decisions. On the other hand, in some shops, the business has not allowed IT to enable changes that are needed to keep the business sharp and competitive.
A good Information Technology Strategy is a critical asset that is used to make tough trade off decisions while keeping an eye on leveraging new technologies such as cloud computing, social media, and more.
What’s In A Good Information Technology Strategy
Every IT Department, no matter how big or small, should have an Information Technology Strategy to provide overall guidance and direction. A good Information Technology Strategy often contains the following components:
- Opportunities and Drivers - This is the critical section that will link the overall business with IT and it will outline the critical internal IT objectives. It will outline the strategic ways that IT can enable the business including both cost reduction and revenue generation. The Information Technology Strategy will also outline the fundamental internal IT objectives such as cost reduction, talent retention, skill retaining and more.
- Project Portfolio - The project portfolio will describe the current and future IT projects and their dependency on each other. The major projects should be tied to the corporate planning process.
- Enterprise Architecture - The enterprise architecture will provide an overall road map and direction that includes an application architecture, infrastructure architecture and process architecture. It should clearly give direction on both the technology in place today and the technology that will be put in place over the next 2 to 5 years.
- Management and Governance - This covers both the organization and the process for managing IT in the enterprise. It should result in an ongoing, disciplined way for managing investments from idea generation through realization of business results.
Information Technology Strategy Participants
Creating an Information Technology Strategy should include representatives from all the major stakeholders including:
- Executive Leadership
- Business Representatives
- Key IT Representatives
- Outside Advice
Common Information Technology Strategy Project Pitfalls
Many organizations have failed to develop a living Information Technology Strategy because they:
- Lack of Business Representation – Often I have seen companies view the Information Technology Strategy as a job that IT needs to get done. This leads to an inward focused strategy with very little overall support from the business.
- Lack Proper Resources – Many organizations know they need an Information Technology Strategy, but they don’t put the right resources on it. They ask different areas of the business for a person to help out with the Information Technology Strategy and each business area looks for who they can spare – often the weakest person who lacks influence. You want to put your sharp, intelligent resources on the Information Technology Strategy team. Be sure they have the right political pull with their area of the business so the Information Technology Strategy can be successful implemented and the right business changes can be made.
- Lack of Vision – It is hard to create an Information Technology Strategy when you have never done one before. In addition, a good strategy project will think out of the box and question what is possible.
- Resistance To Change - Many Information Technology Strategy Projects rubber stamp the current direction because the participates did not want to change.
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