Developing an IT Strategy
February 09, 2021
An IT Strategy helps a company align technology, process and strategy. This ensures technology and technology-related decisions support long-term company goals.
What to Include in an IT Strategy
An IT Strategy scope of work includes:
- Documenting the current state of IT operations, calling out risks, waste, gaps, and areas of leverage where the company excels
- Defining current systems and evaluating underutilized systems, redundancies, and risks
- Establishing objectives for the IT organization
- Defining the future state of IT operations including the systems, processes, and resources
- Defining the activities, timelines, and resources necessary to bring the IT future state to life
However, the fun doesn’t stop there – it’s only just begun! Once roadmaps are set, it’s time to start completing activities and achieving your IT goals!
How to create an IT Strategy:
Analyze all areas affecting IT to find gaps and opportunities for improvement.
For each area, identify activities/changes to close caps and capture opportunities.
Ensure activities align with and support strategic goals.
Define timelines and roadmap.
The "Do's" of IT Strategy Development
Keep these helpful "Do's" in mind when creating your strategy.
DO consider all areas affecting IT, including:
- Systems – The software and programs in use, being implemented, and planned for implementation.
- Hardware – The hardware in use, being implemented, and planned for implementation.
- Processes – The processes surrounding the selection, adoption, and maintenance of technology.
- Data and Reporting – The information collected and used for decision-making.
- IT Team – The individuals and their responsibilities that contribute to shaping your IT landscape.
- Culture – The mindset of individuals towards the role that technology plays in the success and operations of the business