IT Strategy and business alignment. The modern business with its underlying IT systems has now grown into a complex symbiotic relationship, in many cases this bond is not well understood.
Creating an IT strategy that complements this bond while at the same time
- does not restrict growth,
- is responsive to change in direction of the organisation
- and is aligned to the business’ drivers, goals and targets can feel like a daunting task.
Given the complexity, choice, functionality, costs and methods is it not a surprise to be invited to help when a project has stalled or to be asked, “where do I start?”
When it comes to IT strategy, planning, road mapping or refresh the architectural decisions you make here have long term effect that directly affects the operation of the business and the effectiveness of its IT services.
Why IT strategy and business alignment?
We frequently look to investments in technology to help us differentiate our businesses. In many cases, technology is a strong imperative for improved business performance in the modern enterprise. However, technology alone does not hold the key to business success. IT systems will not offer creative insight into new product development, will not seize opportunities for process improvement, and will not develop strong relationships with business partners. Technology plays an important role as an enabler to support every enterprise’s most valuable asset—its people.
As CIOs advance their enterprise and IT capabilities and achieve a sustained improvement in their IT infrastructure, they must take a long-term, strategic view of optimization and link these capability and optimization improvements to their business needs and strategy. The goal of Infrastructure Optimization is to help companies realize the full value of their IT infrastructure to drive better business results.
By working in partnership with our clients, Waxtie has identified the need for assistance with confirming the business strategy and then enablement through creating a technology strategy.
The Lifecycle approach from Waxtie allows a partnership with our clients through a structured phased approach where we have developed tiers of supporting services at each
Phase. These support services are separated into three support streams and align to the Infrastructure Maturity Lifecycle:
- Business Strategy Alignment and Planning.
- Roadmap definition
- Service Enablement and Project Delivery Governance
By adopting a business lead approach the programme can continually monitor that the deliverables align back to measurable business objectives.
It is important to understand that the risk bound within this programme of work can result in the scope becoming so large that a single phase delivery is neither achievable nor would the organisation desire the disruption caused as a side effect imposed in such a big bang deliverable. Therefore the “framework to real work” breaks down the programme into smaller transitional architectures underpinned with a common goal.
This approach seeks to:
- To break down a complicated change into manageable work packages with set deliverables that provide benefits as discreet transitional steps throughout that can be evidenced as delivering value to the user community at each stage.
- Create a multi-phase programme of works to scope, design and execute the envisioned IT platform supporting the user estate.
- Evaluate technical options then create a strategic technology model that is broken into key work streams.
- Utilise existing support teams and offer solutions that will enhance the business-IT relationship, reduce complexity and improve the TCO whilst significantly improving the end user experience.
- Make best use of existing partner relationships to design, build and migrate to the new systems and services
- Create more open standardised computing platform supporting the efforts of the user community.
- Limit cost exposure wherever possible by using or repurposing existing and appropriate resource
- Analyse existing projects and offer cost avoidance or cost and resource efficiencies wherever possible by integrating or incorporating the project streams.