Technology within business has never been more important than in this digital age. As IT is now a critical part of day to day business it’s important to think about how new technologies such as Digital Transformation, Cloud Computing and Artificial Intelligence can fit into your IT strategy and release the full potential of your business.
What is an IT strategy?
An IT strategy for your organisation is like a roadmap that helps to align your IT with your future business plans. A well-planned IT Strategy enables your organisation to plan long term, evaluate your IT needs and priorities before making any significant investments in equipment or new solutions, but the strength of your IT strategy can have an incredible impact on your organisation’s success.
Developing a business IT Strategy has become a critical element for organisational leadership in recent decades due to the growing importance of technology in the workplace. This importance has been amplified over the past few years as organisations focus on making the journey into the cloud through Digital Transformation and thriving in the digital age.
Creating business models, products and services; enhancing customer service as well as customer experiences; increasing sales; enabling workers and improving productivity; and supporting interactions with vendors and other business partners are all important factors in developing a business IT Strategy.
The difference between a standard IT Strategy and an agile IT strategy
What is a standard IT strategy?
A standard IT strategy is usually a structured and ordered process in which produces a long-term view of the technological requirements and a plan for meeting those needs. Traditional IT strategies will typically plan for three to five years and also begin to identify an organisation’s capabilities over this period of time in order to achieve that particular businesses’ goals.
Technology naturally becomes the focus next, and during this step an assessment will be carried out by a specialist IT Consultant. They will address gaps in your organisation’s IT Infrastructure and identify if there are any gaps between your organisation’s current IT Infrastructure and the target one. A technological roadmap can then be created to address these gaps, prioritising in terms of which technology architecture is most critical for achieving the organisation’s vision.