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Develop IT Strategy or review update or implement existing plans

IT Strategy

Developing or creating IT Strategies can be a challenge. We can help by facilitating or leading the preparation of IT strategy, or supporting a specific part of the strategy – e.g. Business Systems or Application strategy where the head of function has experience in a different IT discipline or where creating strategy is outside their previous experience,

We will always start with the Business Strategy – what are the goals and objectives, the constraints and measurements that are used to judge business success?

Discussion/workshops with all stakeholders then clarifies how they expect these goals to be reflected in the IT Strategy (costs, headcount, technology, programme etc). We can guide or support the stakeholder management process during this time.

These are then used to create the drivers and a framework within which to work. The various components of the strategy can then be built using a mix of top down (business drivers) and bottom-up (technology, cost, enablers etc). Workshops involving the IT management team and often a much wider cross section of the organisation are used to draw out the needs and issues and to start to shape the conclusions.

The result will be an IT Strategy that aligns with the business and which has the support of the key stakeholders. This makes the process of writing and gaining approval business cases for initiatives and projects that result from the IT strategy a much smoother and simpler process. Each project can draw on agreed business parameters (budget, cost, benefits and drivers).