8 steps to create an IT Strategy for your Business
Your IT should be seen as a strategic enabler for your Business. If it isn’t, then perhaps you need to review your business strategy and growth trajectory. There is not a single business that is thriving that hasn’t made technology the forefront of their growth strategy.
But how do you ensure that your IT strategy is optimised to support your Business? What do you need to do to ensure you cover all the aspects of a tech strategy that aligns to the wider Business? Let’s take a look at the 8 steps to create your IT strategy.
Step 1: Know what your business goals is so you can optimise the IT strategy.
Your IT strategy must be aligned with what your Business wants to do overall. It must be an enabler in helping the Business grow. Things to look at include
> Vision and company ethos and culture
> Growth plans
> Sales goals
> Opportunity for M&A
> Industry growth and market
All the above are crucial to understanding your starting requirements and what you need to aspire to. You then start to formulate the technology to be aligned.
Step 2: Engagement with employees
Speak to various people across all roles in the company. Make it fully collaborative and take on board peoples views and comments. You will only learn and refine through continuous assessment. Things to look at include
> Employee feedback and interviews
> Surveys and questionnaires
Step 3: Create your schedule and scope
Socialise your approach and ensure you communicate what it will contain. Your scope is key for people to know as they can then be aware of what they need to do to influence it. Ensure that all employees understand that the IT strategy will be the company’s strategic enabler for all things technology and cover the upcoming 1,2 or 3 years.
Step 4: Review the current IT services
Understanding the current IT landscape allows you to get feedback on their effectiveness across the Business. It also allows you to analyse what needs changing or improving.
Step 5: Create the Road Maps
Knowing what you know is not the same as knowing how you need to improve. Your roadmaps will define what you are now and where you need to go. More importantly, it should articulate how you get there and the costs and resources that will be needed.
Step 6: Know your KPI's and measure them regularly
You only improve based on the feedback you get. So knowing how to receive feedback means ensuring you create key performance indicators. These KPI’s should include customer/user feedback, operational SLA’s, performance and utilisation etc.
Step 7: Keep the IT strategy up to date and iterative
Standing still is the same as going backwards when it concerns your Business. Being agile and moving with the market means being able to change your Business’s strategy.
Step 8: Work with an MSP to deliver some of the strategies.
Teck Genius are a specialist in IT consultancy and MSP services. We help businesses create and deliver their IT against the wider business strategy and become your trusted technology advisor.
We hope that this blog has provided information on how to create your IT strategy
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