IT Strategy

Why should you care?

  • Business strategies and objectives are increasingly dependent on IT to be successful. An IT Strategy must lay out a roadmap and plan for investment to establish the systems, infrastructure and services necessary for the business to achieve long-term objectives.
  • Assessing how well current IT assets and capabilities are positioned to support business goals will reveal application, infrastructure and organizational strengths, weaknesses and gaps.
  • A well formulated strategy will directly link IT projects and initiatives to sources of future business value.
  • Business leaders will understand IT's priorities and how those priorities are aligned with business direction.
  • The IT organization will have a clear picture of what systems and services are needed, when and how they will contribute to the success of the company.

Why use OptimizeIT for your IT Strategy development?

  1. You get a complete set of IT Strategy tools all in one place.
  2. You have the ability to pick and choose individual tools as required to meet current needs, or partially completed projects.
  3. You can rely on a proven methodology for tackling strategic planning.
  4. You’ll be able to assess current applications, technical infrastructure and organizational capabilities and design projects and initiatives to strengthen assets and fill gaps to meet long-term needs of the business.
  5. You can easily delegate tasks to the right staff to speed up the process.

What You'll Get From the IT Strategy Program

We'll supply the tools to help you...

  1. You get a complete set of IT Strategy tools all in one place.
  2. You have the ability to pick and choose individual tools as required to meet current needs, or partially completed projects.
  3. You can rely on a proven methodology for tackling strategic planning.
  4. You’ll be able to assess current applications, technical infrastructure and organizational capabilities and design projects and initiatives to strengthen assets and fill gaps to meet long-term needs of the business.
  5. You can easily delegate tasks to the right staff to speed up the process.

Understand:

  • Clearly articulate business objectives and strategies and the role IT must play in achieving them
  • Scan the marketplace for information technologies that can offer new value or competitive advantage to the company
  • Communicate how IT will contribute strategic value for the foreseeable future

Assess:

  • Evaluate how well current applications are positioned to meet strategic business needs
  • Identify gaps in application functionality that are critical to future plans
  • Forecast how the technical infrastructure will need to change to meet future demands
  • Appraise the IT organization – its ability to deliver the systems and services needed to meet company priorities

Plan:

  • Define the projects and initiatives needed to strengthen and improve existing technologies and fill in strategic gaps
  • Link these projects to sources of business value to build the case for investment
  • Lay out the roadmap that determines the key commitments that IT will meet in supporting business strategies

You'll Have Access to a Complete Toolbox:

  • Technology Monitor
  • Enterprise Strategy and Goals Template
  • IT Imperatives, Vision and Mission Templates
  • Business Function and Application Assessment
  • Application Direction and Migration Strategy Guide
  • Infrastructure Components Inventory
  • Infrastructure Assessment
  • Technology Direction Guide
  • IT Staffing and Skills Worksheets
  • IT Service Model Alignment
  • IT Organizational Direction Guide
  • Initiative Prioritization
  • IT Strategy Budget Impact
  • Business Case Template
  • Strategic Plan Template and Guide
  • Communications Plan

Measurable Results:

An IT Strategy sets out a long-term roadmap of IT projects that will drive business value. With a well-formulated IT Strategy you will:

  • Clearly demonstrate the value that IT will deliver to the business over the planning
  • Visibly establish milestone commitments and plans to deliver business solutions to the enterprise
  • Thoroughly outline the applications, technical infrastructure and IT organizational initiatives required to deliver upon the benefits
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