What is an IT Strategy?
An Information Technology strategy acts as a road map for a business based on the overarching needs of the organisation.
System technology and capabilities continually evolve and a good IT strategy will make sure you are making the best use of IT capabilities to reduce risk, improve processing or support business objectives.
The objective of any IT strategy should be to align IT capability with business requirements to create value for the organisation. This value should be sustainable, not related to short term goals. The strategy needs to be flexible enough to evolve alongside the organisation to ensure that it continues to deliver.Contact
Why do I need an IT Strategy?
Within our current environment of rapidly changing technology, having an IT strategy for your business is no longer a luxury. Without aligning your business goals to a comprehensive IT strategy, you would be putting your business at risk. A well thought out strategy will give you considerable sustainable competitive advantage as well as addressing the following issues:
• Reduce or remove operational bottlenecks
• Access economies of scale
• Create value by the use of technology
It’s important that an IT strategy is not developed in isolation. The development must involve business leaders and IT departments to ensure that both functions are bought in to the process.
IT Strategy and Business Alignment
Technology is now built in to our daily lives to such an extent that business strategy and IT strategy and objectives can no longer be separate entities. It’s more important than ever that they are entwined.
It’s no longer acceptable to build IT strategies to suit the business need, because IT strategies can now help create the business strategy. As IT capability evolves, the business strategy can also evolve. They are no longer separate silos but integrated, working together to reach organisational goals.
Working with you
We will integrate seamlessly into your business and work through the following process :
- Business Drivers: what is prompting the need to change?
- Business Essentials: what must be done to respond to these drivers?
- Business Capability: how is business capability affected by these implementations?
We’ll take this information and incorporate environmental factors such as the economy and new technology to build a fluid strategy that can evolve as internal or external factors change.
Our Agile Approach
A fluid or “Agile Strategy Approach” will ensure that your organisation is not doggedly following an IT strategy set at a point in time for a set time period, often 3 years. Over three years, so much can change, both internally within the organisation and externally, with the development of new technology and changes in the economy or competitive landscape.
Using our Agile Approach, we will work with you to understand your business objectives, pain points and areas for improvements. This is the starting point for the strategy and is combined with our knowledge of established and emerging technologies, best practice, team development and optimal solution design.
To ensure that your IT capability continues to develop in order to deliver the maximum value we check-in on a regular basis to help adjust the strategy accordingly.
By outsourcing your IT strategy, you will have more time to concentrate on the core focus of your business.
An independent review helps bring an external viewpoint and input. Breaking down internal barriers and assuring latest thinking are key to ensuring the successful adoption of a robust IT strategy
Outsourcing your IT strategy will allow you to be more flexible to changes in your business environment and more responsive to the needs of your customers.
Outsourcing gives you access to new skills and technology.
Benefits of IT Strategy Consulting
Thinking of outsourcing your IT strategy? These are some of the benefits.