IT Strategic Planning
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Why develop an IT Strategy 2.0?
More is being spent on information technology today than ever before. The burgeoning array of technology solutions are being networked together, interfaced to legacy systems and accessed directly over the Internet or through Software as a Service (Saas) solutions. Enterprises are combining business strategy and Web 2.0 Internet technologies to create innovative new business models and sophisticated systems.
But are these organizations getting their money’s worth? In this competitive global economy, executives are seeking the answer to this question and several others:
- How can we ensure that our use of information technology is aligned with our business strategies, goals and needs?
- Is IT contributing significant value to the business?
- How much should we spend on IT?
- Which of the profusion of Web 2.0 information technologies and architectural choices should we select?
- What are our IT priorities and how should we allocate resources?
- How can we successfully execute a strategy and what metrics do we use to measure progress?
By developing an enterprise IT Strategic Plan 2.0 an organization can answer these questions and, thereby, effectively use its’ IT investment to drive business success.
What is IT Strategy 2.0?
An IT Strategic Plan 2.0 sets out how information technology is to be used across an organization in the future.
It describes how information technology will support and/or enable an organization to achieve its’ mission, strategies and goals.
An IT Strategy 2.0 considers the internal and external changes (e.g. economic downturn or upturn) an organization is facing and potential opportunities (e.g. Web 2.0 technologies) for using IT that are available to it.
The opportunities for using IT are weighted against the strengths and weaknesses of the current IT capabilities – both technological and organizational – to determine what the gap is between current capabilities and the desired future position.
The strategy lays out the broad strategic directions that IT must pursue to close the gap and balance capabilities with opportunities and risks.
An IT Strategy 2.0 also defines the future IT architectures, governance and the initiatives and projects necessary for implementing the opportunities and closing the gap.
Lastly, the strategy lays out the degree of change required of the IT organization – IT organizational structure, staffing, skills, culture, processes – that is necessary to successfully execute the strategy.
What Are The Deliverables?
The NAI IT Strategy deliverables are:
- Assessment: An assessment of current applications, IT infrastructure, processes, organization, staffing, skills & costs.
- Best Practices & Trends : Technology and business trend analysis including Web 2.0. Best practices including frameworks such as ITIL, CMMI.
- IT Strategy - Statements charting the new Strategic Direction.
- Architectures – Application & Technology Architectures.
- IT Roadmap: PrioritizedInitiatives and Projects necessary to realize the strategy.
- IT Organizational Alignment Plan: The changes necessary to the IT organization to enable it to successfully execute the strategy.
- Execution: Governance structure for strategy execution and the ongoing management of IT.
The benefits of an IT strategy are that:
- It provides a roadmap for closing the gap between where the enterprise is versus where it wants to be.
- It ensures there is alignment and confluence between the IT strategy and the business strategy.
- It leverages Web 2.0 technologies
- It builds consensus and commitment to the plan because all key stakeholders -- departments and IT staff -- are involved in the process.
- It enables IT to make a “strategic” contribution to the business; positions IT to make a significant impact on the company’s key strategic thrusts.
- It instills an IT strategic planning mindset into the company’s culture, and builds momentum toward successful implementation.
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