Is your IT strategy aligned to your business, or perhaps you don’t yet have an IT strategy in place?
It is more common than you would expect that organisations either don’t have an IT strategy or what they have does not reflect the goals set out in their business plan.
Of those IT strategies that are created, the majority generally deal with life cycle management of the applications and hardware used by the organisation as opposed to delivering new ways of working or efficiencies or supporting your new product lines.
Most of you will have been offered software solutions that claim to be aligned to your business strategy. Whilst this is a valid approach and one, which may address cost efficiency targets, it is very difficult to ensure that these solutions align to the goals of your organisation.
This bottom up approach of taking a solution or technology then finding a use for it to show business values is rarely the best option.
By taking a structured approach to understanding and designing your IT estate from your business needs, wants or problems, a clear path can be made from these tangible business elements that can be understood by all and at all levels within an organisation. This provides greater understanding of the value that the systems and services are providing, allowing for better control as the business evolves.
Surprisingly this is not a new concept and has been around in the industry since the 1980’s, being used by large enterprises and governments alike, more commonly known as enterprise architecture.
Designing an IT strategy is no longer restricted to the larger organisation. By following the guiding principles of ensuring evidence is provided for each decision made based on the goals, objectives, requirements, constraints and best practices, and the ability to answer the question ‘why do we do it like that?’, all companies can benefit from cost savings and improved efficiencies.
With a structured approach and understood plan, the full cost of implementing, managing and decommissioning a solution can be weighed against the need, want or problem it is addressing and save potentially costly missteps.
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