Benefits of designing an IT strategy that aligns to your business. Now be honest
- Do have a business plan? And do you reference it?
- Do you have an IT strategy? And how often is it updated?
- How often do you read either of these?
It is more common than you would expect that organisations either don’t have an IT strategy or what they have got does not reflect the goals set out in business plan. Out of those that are created the majority of them deal solely with life cycle management of the applications and hardware used by the organisation opposed to delivering new ways of working or efficiencies or supporting new product lines.
How many times have you been approached by a company claiming their product is aligned to your business strategy then provides a proposal showing savings made by adopting it?
This is a valid approach which may address cost efficiency targets and maintaining an environment that is fit for purpose is very difficult to show how it aligns to the goals of an organisation.
It is very difficult to use this bottom up approach of taking a solution or technology then finding a use for it to show business values other than through commoditisation.
As IT systems become increasingly complex and integrated, not only internally but with other 3rd parties and service providers, the need to control these costs and understand how they are enabling our business’ also increases.
By taking a structure approach to understanding and designing your IT estate from your business needs, wants or problems provides a clear path from these tangible business elements that can be understood by all within an organisation through to the most technical engineer implementing and managing the solution.
This provides greater understanding of the value that the systems and services are providing allowing for better control as the business changes.
Surprisingly this is not a new concept and has been around in the industry for nearly 25 years, being used by large enterprises and governments alike, more commonly known as enterprise architecture.
It is not exclusively for large organisations and following the guiding principles of ensuring evidence is provided for each decision made based on the goals, objectives, requirements, constraints and best practices, the ability to answer the “why do we do it like that” questions becomes a lot simpler and removes potential for costs because it seemed like a good idea.
When coupled 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 mistakes.
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